Camila Cabello on finding a ‘work-life balance’ during the pandemic: ‘I was completely burned out’

Camila Cabello ponders the benefits of slowing down life.

The ‘Havana’ Singer, Who Will Be the Next Star in Amazon Prime’s Fairytale Musical Cinderella, went to Instagram on Tuesday at share a post about the importance of balance. She shared a photo of herself lying on the couch, writing: “One of the biggest things I learned during the pandemic was the importance of REST. Before I literally had no choice but to stop and stand still, I didn’t know about work-life balance. I felt guilty on days off because I didn’t feel like I was being productive or that I could do more. At the same time, just before we were forced into quarantine, I was completely burned out and felt like I couldn’t handle this career anymore.”

The Fifth Harmony alum added that using her free time to rest, develop new hobbies, and exercise eventually helped her feel “inspired,” “passionate,” and “much more creative.”

“Nowadays I never feel guilty about making time for leisure, because I know that without rest, and time for joy, laziness and play, I will feel burned out, stressed, sad and exhausted and I will not be able to do the work I want to bring into the world,” she continued. “In a culture that wears exhaustion and things like a badge of honor, remember we’re just animals meant to roam the forest, eating, pooping; and make babies; and in the way our society is built, overwork literally kills us.”

Cabello urged those returning to “hustling” not to “forget that rest is honorable, necessary and sacred”.

She concluded: “We are not robots and our brains are not computers. For the sake of our health and happiness during our short time here on Earth, the societal structures of work and how it relates to an individual’s mental health need an upgrade. I’m not going to do anything again today.”

Cabello has used her social media platform in the past to speak out about mental health. She recently posted a TikTok video explaining how she tries to love and appreciate her body after initially feeling insecure while running.

“We’re real women with curves and cellulite and stretch marks and fat,” she said in the video. “And we have to own that, honey.”