Ellie Goulding has said nature “saved me” after battling postnatal depression following the birth of her son in 2021.
He said that after taking a walk in the countryside he would “start to feel some of my life coming back to me”.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, on which she was guest editing, she said it had helped “take away the numbness”.
Golding said the only other thing that would help was a big hug with her son.
The singer said she “vigorously researched” postpartum depression because “I felt like I was losing my mind”.
She said she would wear a big coat and her shoes “even if it’s over my pajamas, I just have to put one foot in front of the other and I’ll go out into the field”.
What is postpartum depression?
According to the NHS, this is a type of depression that affects one in 10 women within a year of giving birth.
Many women experience the “baby blues” after having a baby – feeling sad, tearful or anxious – but this should not last more than two weeks.
Symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness or low mood, trouble sleeping at night, difficulty bonding with your baby, and withdrawal from other people.
Midwives and GPs can help people who may be suffering from the disease. Treatment includes antidepressant medications, psychological therapy, and self-help advice.
You can find more information about postpartum depression here NHS website,
The star said that she suffered from anxiety since childhood and “Nature was one of the things that saved me from that… I had a very chaotic and dysfunctional upbringing so my way of escaping that was… taking walks.”
She said that some of her childhood anxieties stemmed from her parents divorcing when she was five years old and her overhearing them discussing money problems.
“Conversations often revolved around money, if we were able to afford something… it could be school related, or just food related.”
She added, “I’ve always been an anxious person. When I walk into a room of people, I start getting nervous as if someone is going to hit me, which, of course, it’s not! But my body is telling me that “I’m in danger.”
Goulding also discussed her experience in the music industry and said that there are better protections for young singers now than when she started her career in 2010.
She said she felt “uncomfortable” while working in studios with male producers.
“I definitely think the landscape has changed a little bit, especially since the MeToo movement.”
The singer has added her own record label which now has patrons for young artists.
The MeToo movement gained momentum in 2017 after allegations of sexual harassment were made against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Who was later convicted and put in jail.
It established a reputation in the entertainment industry with many women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment or assault against high-profile male celebrities.
Discussing MeToo, Golding said: “I think it was really important for people to continue to speak out about their personal stories, because I know there was a lot going on and just not talked about. Was going.
“I don’t think a lot of people feel comfortable talking about their personal studio experiences.”
Asked if she ever felt unsafe while working in a recording studio, Goulding said: “I had experiences that became common in my mind and I thought, oh, ‘Maybe this is just a thing. ‘.
“You know, when you go to the studio and afterward the producer asks if you want to go for a drink. And I’m quite a polite person, I don’t like to let people down. Is.
“So I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, sure, go for a drink.’ And then somehow it becomes like a romantic thing when it shouldn’t be.”
‘A type of currency’
The singer continued: “You don’t want it to be a romantic thing, but it always seemed like there was a slight sense of discomfort when you’d go into a studio and there was just one or two guys writing or producing. .
“And I had to try to figure out if it was just me, something was going on in my head. But then hearing so many other stories, similar stories from other female musicians and singers, I realized I was in this Wasn’t alone at all. It wasn’t just me being particularly friendly.”
Goulding described such advances as “a kind of currency” in the music industry.
“It was kind of like an unspoken thing, where if you’re working with male producers, it was almost like an expectation, which sounds crazy to me to say out loud, and it certainly doesn’t anymore. Will happen. I mean, very rarely, because things have really changed.
“For example, young artists at my record label, Polydor, will now get mentors when they visit the studio. And they’ll also get a chance to talk to a counselor or talk to someone about their experience as an up-and-comer. musician.”
He added, “It’s a sensitive place when you’re writing music in the studio.”
Ellie Goulding, who grew up in Herefordshire, topped the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, and achieved success with her debut single Starry Eyed and her album Lights.
She has since reached the top five with songs including How Long Will I Love You, Burn, Love Me Like You Do, Goodness Gracious and the Calvin Harris collaboration I Need Your Love.
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