SZA Shares Her Mother's Stellar Advice For Coping With Stress

"Focus only on the NOW. Don't worry about the other stuff right now."

In 2017, R&B singer SZA burst onto the scene with her first studio album Ctrl — which debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. This year, she was nominated for five Grammys, including Best New Artist. If you're wondering if that's an incredible feat for a new artist, it certainly is. She received the most nominations of any female artist during the 2018 Grammy Awards and was the fourth-most nominated artist in total. 

The stress that comes along with being propelled into the limelight can't be easy to cope with, but luckily SZA has a great support system to help her deal with her newfound fame. She recently took to Twitter to share an encouraging text message from her mom on how to handle feeling overwhelmed.  


"To help change feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, jot down all the stuff that's making you crazy, then write beside it what must be done NOW, what can be done LATER, and what would be nice to do if you could but is OPTIONAL," SZA's mom wrote in the text. "Focus only on the NOW. Don't worry about the other stuff right now."  

SZA's mom advised her to look at her "NOW" list and decide whether she could delegate any of the tasks to someone else who has more experience or has more time. She recommends contacting the person better suited for the job immediately and letting them know exactly what you need. 

"Next, you prioritize the remaining shorter list for you to do yourself," she continued. "You've now made more space in your life for the things you love and want to do."

Her motherly advice is a great reminder that it's OK to ask for help when we need it and that our to-do list can look a lot less scary when we break it down. 

SZA decided to share her mom's words of wisdom in case others may find it helpful. "Some fire words from mommy I wanted [to] share for whoever needs em," she captioned the screen shot on Twitter. 

We'll be bookmarking this for the next time we're feeling overwhelmed. 

Cover image via Debby Wong / 


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