Lady Gaga has opened up about her experience in coronavirus lockdown and how she’s overcoming "an epic sense of powerlessness over what's happening in the world."
"We've encountered a super virus that is epic in its disastrous proportions," the singer told USA Today in an interview published Friday. "So that feeling of powerlessness in some ways is, I think, something that we all share."
However, the “Chromatica” singer said the pandemic has "really mobilized me to work on how I can help the world."
She is currently partnering with the International WELL Building Institute, which will review businesses and buildings and give them a health safety rating to indicate their passed COVID-19 safety requirements.
Gaga told the news outlet that she hopes the initiative will be "one of the movements that is part of building back our global community and building back our local communities," by showing people that we "can get back to quote-unquote normalcy, but we must do it safely."
The 34-year-old star said moving her body has helped improve her mental health and she encouraged her fans to stay active.
"I really encourage people to move their bodies and be in the world. Wear masks, stay safe, but don't forget to move. Because when your energy's stagnant like that, it really can lead to mental health problems," she said. "I really believe that by practicing everyday skills... like moving your body, drinking lots of water, eating healthy, making sure to take care of yourself, self-care — these are things that we have to make sure that we're doing to take care of our minds."
She has been going on a lot of masked walks and hikes, something she used to be “really nervous’’ about because of a chronic pain condition.
"I found during COVID that ... you can grab the courage that's happening in the universe and grab that bravery and put it right inside yourself and be fearless," she explained.
The “Stupid Love” singer, born Stefani Germanotta, also spoke to USA Today about singing the national anthem at President Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
"I felt very, very honored to be there, I still feel very honored to have been asked to sing our national anthem, and it will always be an honor for me to sing to the great people of this country," she said. "And I really wanted to sing for everybody. In a moment of healing, of togetherness, and I had very much in my mind also the building of the beloved community, the beloved community that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of."