Shawn Mendes Serenades Followers While Lamenting 'Extreme Anxiety'

The 25-year-old Canadian singer makes use of his Instagram account to open up about the pressure to be 'perfect' when making music before sharing about the biggest lesson he learned in 2023.

AceShowbiz - Shawn Mendes celebrates New Year with a candid post on his Instagram account. On Tuesday, January 2, the 25-year-old singer made use of his page to open up about the pressure to be "perfect" when making music.

Alongside a video of him playing a harmonium and singing, the "Stitches" hitmaker wrote in the caption, "Over the last year i spent a lot of time singing like this.. I found that in moments of extreme anxiety or fear if i sat down with my harmonium and allowed myself with full trust to sing whatever came out it would often ease the pain."

The Canadian star continued, "it felt so difficult at first to let myself sing without needing perfection but after a while i actually started to fall in love with the dance between the 'right' and the 'wrong' notes … i realized there were only moments of bliss and euphoria from the 'right' notes BECAUSE of the 'wrong' notes. The only reason i can sing in key is because i've learned to listen."

In the post, the "Where Were You in the Morning?" crooner admitted that the biggest lesson he learned in 2023 was "to accept and welcome the lows of life." Ending his message, Shawn wrote, "Not to constantly need to change or fix something in order to feel high again, because i know if i really slow down and listen when i'm low there's always something to hear."

Shawn has been open up about his mental health issue. In July 2022, the former boyfriend of Camila Cabello was forced to cancel the remaining dates of his "Wonder: World Tour" to focus on his mental health.

Of the decision, the "It'll Be Okay" singer revealed to WSJ. Magazine, "The process was very difficult. A lot of doing therapy, a lot of trying to understand how I was feeling and what was making me feel that way. And then doing the work to help myself and heal. And also leaning on people in my life to help a little bit."

"I think the last year and a half has been the most eye-opening and growing and beautiful and just healing process of my life," he further explained. "I'm also really grateful for all the people that were so accepting and loving and kind and understanding. And it just really made me see how culture is really starting to get to a place where mental health is really becoming a priority."

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