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Kesha writes essay on holidays and depression: "Take time for yourself"

UPI News Service, 12/02/2017 

Kesha penned an article for Time Thursday about the best way to enjoy the holidays while dealing with depression.

The piece was written as part of Time's partnership with, the nonprofit initiative from Sheryl Sandberg that commissions essays from influential people about dealing with the difficult holiday season.

Kesha writes in the article about her own holiday experiences alongside advice with how to get through the month of December.

"The holiday season is supposed to be the most festive and fun time of the year but sometimes it can quickly become a stressful and emotional time.," the pop star said.

"All those plans and expectations of joy can turn tougher than they sound. This is especially true for those of us who struggle with mental illness -- be it depression, anxiety, addiction or any other challenges."

"The holidays break your routine. Sometimes, you're forced to spend time with family you rarely see and don't always get along with. Or maybe you're alone when everyone else is with family. Or you are off from work, with more time to think troubling thoughts," she continued.

"Or you are at work and can't be with those you love. Or you are thrust into party situations that tempt your demons. Or you aren't invited to those tempting parties."

"Around the holidays, I often feel like I'm supposed to be everywhere, with everyone -- all with the added guilt that it's the season of giving. To fight this, I've developed a mantra: It's not selfish to take time for yourself," Kesha wrote about taking a step back during the busy season.

"Just do whatever helps you calm down and gives you a break from the stress," Kesha said.

"It's not your responsibility to try to make the whole world happy ... If you take a little time for yourself, you will actually be much better company for those around you."

Kesha, in August, presented a letter she wrote to her 18-year-self on "CBS This Morning" that gave her previous self advice on how to navigate the music industry at a young age and to stay hopeful not matter how hard things get.

The singer recently received her first Grammy nominations including Best Pop Solo Performance for her song "Praying" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Rainbow.


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