Posting an extract of her diary on social media, the singer explained she was using her free time to plot out ideas for new music, but admitted she was beginning to feel “purposeless.”
“Being a workaholic in quarantine is quite stressful. Yes, I’m doing as much as I can at home – creating mood boards, planning out ideas for videos, thinking about lyric changes in new songs, re-recording vocals that could be better. But generally, even after one day – I’m feeling a bit purposeless,” she wrote.
Reflecting on the impact self-isolation could have on her mental health, she said: “Two weeks of quarantine will literally feel like FOREVER. I think it’s an important time to take care of yourself mentally – because I don’t know about you but stillness can really push me to the brink.
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— Charli (@charli_xcx) March 15, 2020
“If I don’t have a million things going on, if my brain isn’t buzzing, this pit of doom starts opening up. I start thinking ‘why’, ‘what’s the point’, ‘I am so purposeless’.”
She then began to question the potential effects that coronavirus will have on the music industry.
“Quarantine is also making me think about the possibilities of a shift within my industry. What will happen to live shows? Will the idea of gathering together at a concert or a club or a party become more and more distant? Will we all be living for live streams? Will live streams get competitive?” she said.
The singer concluded: “I don’t have answers and some of this isn’t even important but I’m writing this as a stream of consciousness because I’ve currently got nothing else to do.”
As coronavirus continues to spread across the US, New York mayor Bill de Blasio has also issued an executive order to close all movie theaters, concert venues, nightclubs and small theatres.
For help and advice on mental health:
- ‘Am I depressed?‘ – Help and advice on mental health and what to do next
- Help Musicians UK – Around the clock mental health support and advice for musicians
- Music Support Org – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health issues
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day