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Jewel says writing songs eased her ‘massive panic attacks’

Jewel says writing songs eased her ‘massive panic attacks’ when she was homeless and living in her car at 17

She had a difficult upbringing, leaving home at just 15.

And by the age of 17, homeless Jewel was living in her car and battling anxiety about her future.

Now,  the singer is reflecting on that time – and how writing songs helped her overcome her ‘massive panic attacks’. 

Overcame anxiety: Jewel, seen last year, says writing songs eased her ‘massive panic attacks’ when she was homeless and living in her car at 17

‘I started having massive panic attacks,’ the now 44-year-old told Us Weekly. 

‘I began to write, and I started practicing what I didn’t know then was mindfulness. My anxiety calmed down.’

And she shared her years of experience with overcoming anxiety with her fans.

Made it: Jewel back in 1999; her songs helped her find fame after a difficult childhood

Made it: Jewel back in 1999; her songs helped her find fame after a difficult childhood

‘If you’re feeling anxious, stop and take a breath,’ Jewel counselled. ‘I would force myself to be grateful for something, that I was still alive and it was a sunny day.’

Today, Jewel co-parents her seven-year-old son, Kase, with ex-husband Ty Murray.

She will be sharing her experience of overcoming anxiety at Kroger’s Wellness Your Way Festival, in Cincinnati from October 4 to 7.

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