Haunted by picture-perfect images on social media and lies devaluing her self-worth, Reeves sings: “Staring at a screen light / Looking at the highlights, everybody’s good life reminding me of what I don’t have / Second-guessing who I really am… Devil’s running around my mind / Why do I let myself believe the lies / It’s like I’m his playground / Push me in the background / Then I shut the world out.”
The transparent lyrics are sure to resonate with fans when “Anxious” is featured in an upcoming CW drama.
Reeves penned the personal song after battling crippling anxiety earlier this year. “Songwriting is a way I express myself, putting my emotions to lyrics and melodies. It’s therapy to me in a way,” she explains. “This particular season, I guess I let it all out in this song. I wasn’t planning on releasing it, but the more I shared it with close friends, the more I realized it’s something I needed to put out in the world.”
According to TK Source, 31.3% of all adults in the U.S. will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. In addition, 19.1% have experienced an anxiety disorder within the past year, propelling the topics of anxiety and depression to the forefront of the recent national conversation surrounding mental health. Reeves hopes by sharing her own wrestling, she can spark some healthy dialogue, giving fans permission to share their struggles.
“This is a confession song. The first step to healing is confession,” she admits. “If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, I pray you can acknowledge these lies and know that you can and will overcome them. I hope this song can help you know you are not alone.”
“Anxious” serves as the first taste of new music since Reeves’ critically-acclaimed LP, Easy Never Needed You.