The first step to doing better is acknowledging that a change is necessary. For singer Jhené Aiko, it took a revelation of sorts for her to be able to get over some intense feelings of envy.
The 31-year-old shared a tweet on Wednesday where she called out her past behavior in an effort to help out her 1.9 million followers. As she told them, she used to consider herself “a jealous, bitter little b—h” at one point, but realized she had no real reason to be because “there is love, happiness, wisdom, acceptance, peace and success in ABUNDANCE that we can ALL claim as our own and share with one another.”
The tweet was heavily liked (by 118,000 people), including by her ex-boyfriend and friend, rapper Big Sean, who replied, “Say it louder Queen!!!”
Aiko, who is all about encouraging people to make their mental health a priority due to her own struggles, was asked in response to her message how one, depressed and feeling quite envious, could go about seeking happiness. She had some great suggestions that have worked for her.
“I feel you. i been there. talking to a therapist definitely helps. journaling… being in nature… practicing mindful breathing. working out… cleaning up your diet… ‘peace is every step’ is a good book to read also.”
The “Pressure” singer has been forthcoming about her battles with depression and a bipolar disorder diagnosis. To help her deal with her feelings, she’s put it all into her musi, from her album Trip (and accompanying film and poetry book) to the music video for her track, “Maniac,” where she played a mental patient who finds her own cure for her illness.
“Ironically, I released ‘Maniac’ at a time where I had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so my interest in the research was genuine. I think we all have some sort of imbalance, but I also believe that we can overcome it,” she told Rolling Stone in 2017. “I find my balance through creating art.”