“I feel nothing but standstill, every day is the same and gray”: Julia Engelmann talks about mental health – and her motivating words are so important
Spiegel bestseller and viral videos: Julia Engelmann is an absolute all-rounder. She is both an author and a singer. With her album “Poesiealbum” she was not only nominated for the Echo, but also high up in the German album charts. However, most will know her as a poet. To date, around 14 million people have watched her legendary performance at the “Bielefeld Hörsaal Slam” in 2014 on YouTube. She describes her poem “One Day, Baby” as the “big bang” of her career. There are also several bestselling poetry books.
Julia Engelmann has now written a spoken poem intended to motivate people to exercise more. The background is a new study by the running clothing manufacturer Asics, which revealed that people can significantly improve their mental health with sport. However, according to the study, many Germans have difficulties motivating themselves to exercise. More precisely: More than four out of five (88 percent) of respondents indicated that they need additional outside motivation to start exercising. 82 percent of those surveyed find this motivation in music. And that’s exactly where the spoken word poem entitled “Nothing Feels Better” by Julia Engelmann and Auntie Flo comes in.
GLAMOR: Why is mental health so important to you?
Julia Engelman: From my experience, mental well-being has a huge impact on how I perceive my whole life, my everyday life, myself. The topic affects us all every day, as humans and fellow human beings. I have always felt a closeness and curiosity about and for the subject.
What are you doing for your mental health?
A lot I would say. I’ve been going to therapy regularly for years, I try to apply what I’m learning about myself and my well-being, I constantly practice being gentle and patient with myself, I make sure I have enough relaxation and joy in my everyday life find and talk openly with friends about topics that connect us, but which unspoken might make us lonely. And of course I write a gratitude diary every evening, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Why is movement so important in your eyes?
I actually have better memories of all the phases in my life in which I exercised regularly and consciously – in whatever form. Movement reminds me to be more than a brooding head, but also a body that is free and alive.
What advice would you give to people struggling with their mental health right now?
I would say: talk about it! With people you trust, and preferably also with a therapist. There are many resources for this: websites, crisis service hotlines, emergency consultation hours, without too many hurdles. Don’t be afraid of the process. have faith Accept where you are right now. That’s okay. Find empathy if you can. It’s not your fault. Feel everything that wants to be felt. Take care of yourself as best you can. And don’t forget: you are not alone.
What do you like to listen to while working out?
Uhhhh I’ve made various playlists over the years. The soundtrack from the animated “Spiderman” movie is great for running and sprinting. For yoga I love quieter music.
This is the new poem by Julia Engelmann
For those who want to get started right now: The new “Nothing Feels Better” poem can be streamed directly on Spotify. It is based on the submissions of thousands of people who have shared their feelings after exercising. It is accompanied by the sounds of the sound artist Brian d’Souza aka Auntie Flo:
By the way: During the months of June and July, two euros will be donated by Asics to the German Depression Aid Foundation with every stream of the poem “Nothing Feels Better” on Spotify. So it’s twice as worth listening.