Lady Gaga spoke recently to the American newspaper USA Today, where she talked about her life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gaga revealed she felt powerless over everything that was happening around the world. She also encouraged everyone to move and exercise so that they can have a more active life.
Here is an excerpt from the original interview:
The "Chromatica" singer, 34, told USA TODAY she shares what many people feel during this time: "an epic sense of powerlessness over what's happening in the world."
"We've encountered a super virus that is epic in its disastrous proportions," she said. "So that feeling of powerlessness in some ways is, I think, something that we all share."
The pandemic has energized her in other ways, though, adding that it has "really mobilized me to work on how I can help the world."
Gaga believes hopes it will be "one of the movements that is part of building back our global community and building back our local communities," by showing people that we "can get back to quote-unquote normalcy, but we must do it safely."
"It's been really important to me that I continue to move my body. It's really important for my mental health," she said. "So I've been doing, you know, regular exercises that I would normally do. But I mostly take walks, and I mostly hike. I wear my mask, and I go on hikes."
She said she "used to be really nervous about hikes" because of her chronic pain condition, but she's overcome her concerns.
"I found during COVID that... you can grab the courage that's happening in the universe and grab that bravery and put it right inside yourself and be fearless," she explained.
She hopes others stay active, whether through an online yoga class or a "walk around the block you live on," while the world is "in the midst of a mental health crisis."
"I really encourage people to move their bodies and be in the world. Wear masks, stay safe, but don't forget to move. Because when your energy's stagnant like that, it really can lead to mental health problems," she said. "I really believe that by practicing everyday skills... like moving your body, drinking lots of water, eating healthy, making sure to take care of yourself, self-care – these are things that we have to make sure that we're doing to take care of our minds."
Read the full interview on USA TODAY.