Chris Evans hasn’t been quiet about his “noisy brain.” Anxiety is a long-standing issue for him, one he’s spoken to Rolling Stone about — and one that almost cost him his career-defining role. He recently tweeted this interview from Motivation Monday addressing that very experience.
“Normally you do movies one at a time and if that movie hits and is a success, your life noticeably changes,” Evans said, explaining his anxiety about committing to a massive six-film contract. “The worry was if this movie hits and there is a lifestyle change and I don’t react well to it, I don’t have an opportunity — the luxury — to say ‘You know guys, I’m good.’”
But Evans wasn’t only there to discuss his struggles — he also offered a piece of advice. And that advice is to take a moment to shush. To stop identifying with and obsessing about the noise in your brain accept the noise in your brain as noise and move past it.
“The times that I felt my best are the moments I’ve been able to pull the plug and say ‘Chris, shhh,’” Evans reflected. “And it’s not quitting. It’s not giving up. It’s not washing your hands of the thought. It’s rising above it. It’s operating on a separate plane. You can’t dissect why that works because the reason it works doesn’t speak the same language that the brain speaks.”
Therapy helped, and let him see that his fears were of something he should be doing — challenging his anxieties, not avoiding them. For Evans, that strategy worked out. Anxiety is still there, but quieting the noise lets him embrace the gifts life has given him.