Cardi B tweeted about having anxiety and everyone from Missy Elliott to Sarah Silverman chimed in to help
Cardi B seems pretty on top of the world these days, right? Her solid social media game and political knowledge is gathering attention, her success as a performer is currently exploding, and she’s a new mom to an adorable baby girl named Kulture. But just like so many of us, the rapper still struggles with anxiety. She took to Twitter this week with a simple statement about her mental health, and Twitter, including fellow rapper Missy Elliott, rushed to let her know she’s far from alone.
What happens when two of the most successful female rap artists of all time have a sweet Twitter exchange about dealing with anxiety? You feel hopeful, that’s what. Because it wasn’t that long ago that it seemed like no one was saying out loud what so many people go though when it comes to anxiety.
Anxiety is kicking my ass right now .
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) February 5, 2019
Elliott was among the first to chime in and tell Cardi she’s not the only one.
Many people deal with this... i am one... it’s real.— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 5, 2019
She even answered a fan who acknowledged the unique pressure artists have to deal with.
People have no idea the things artists go through behind the scenes.— I. King (@IvanKingz) February 5, 2019
Yes it is a lot and I have things that trigger mines...it’s scary at times.— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 5, 2019
Cardi has spoken before about the pressures of her industry — and her success. “At first when I was doing music it was fun, and I was so eager to get in the studio all the time,” she told Sirius XM during an interview in April 2018. “Now, I get anxiety when I go to the studio because everybody is like expecting some crazy magic from me.”
While most of us can’t relate to the issues Cardi herself is encountering, plenty of us can relate to anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, from puberty up to age 50, women are twice as likely as men to develop an anxiety disorder.
But aside from the very cool interaction between two badass women, the rest of Twitter had some solid advice on how to cope when anxiety takes over. They suggested tried and true methods like meditation and deep breathing.
I’m sorry you feel that. I know how you feel. It’s a crazy feeling. Here try this breathing gif. Might help. It helps me. I rock back and forth also and have to listen to music. Anxiety sucks. pic.twitter.com/hm0X2jWpaS— Fa Mulan (@Mulan_1998) February 5, 2019
That’s why I meditate. No joke. Here’s a short two minute meditation. Called “fuck that.” Close your eyes for two minutes and just listen. This shit works. https://t.co/QgVnlkzOJU— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 5, 2019
Try the highly rated and free app called Head Space for guided meditation. Try to use daily.— Suzi (@Suzi08858590) February 5, 2019
Oh, hello, wonderful Sarah Silverman with this kind and simple support.
You got this. Just exist.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 5, 2019
You’ll comeout the other side I promise
But a lot of folks were just grateful to see famous women like Cardi and Missy bringing this conversation into the light.
Thank you for using your platform as a famous person for highlighting this issue. #Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. 40 million Americans over 18 are affected.— Not Exonerated (@turningfamily) February 5, 2019
And many just wanted to show their support and encourage her.
Sending you love angel ❤️ take a day & breathe. You’ve been working SUPER hard, & we appreciate it. But we love you enough to let you take the time you need for yourself. 🌈— Lil Sunflower (@colegputman) February 5, 2019
Cardi girl anxiety is my whole life😩 you got this mamas, all these feelings are temporary! Remember to breathe❤️— Mackenzie (@lanitsunami333) February 5, 2019
It's easier said than done but be strong. It's not easy. Pray a little. Take a breather.— Missy Elliott SupaFriends (@Supa_Friends) February 5, 2019
We are thinking of you. You are amazing and you are strong. ❤
While others reminded her that she’s her own best motivator.
And Gus Kenworthy was looking on the bright side after Cardi’s very public taking down of Tomi Lahren last month.
just imagine how bad Anxiety is whooping up on Tomi Lahren then...— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 6, 2019
This is far from the first time Cardi’s kept it very real about whatever she’s got going on in life. From handling postpartum depression to her feelings on giving birth to her post-pregnancy body, she’s always one to be upfront and make others feel seen and heard.
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Which is exactly why we love her.