Alejandro Sanz's Battle With Stress and Exhaustion
The Spanish singer spoke exclusively with Peopleenespanol.com about his break from the tour, return to the stage and personal growth
In May, Alejandro Sanz was diagnosed with stress and had to cancel his tour, El tour de los momentos, until Aug. 6, when he finally returned to the stage amidst a slew of rumors.
The 38-year-old singer is now back to the stage and rejuvenated, and he took some time to chat with us the same day his new CD/DVD El tren de los momentos: En vivo desde Buenos Aires was released.
What was the real reason for your break?
It really was for exhaustion, a huge stress that was really affecting me physically. I didn't want or have the strength to do concerts at all. So I had to stop for medical reasons, and that's all documented. That was the reality. From then on you can say what you want, but that's the reality.
What was the biggest lesson you learned on the break?
The most important lesson is that you have to keep your problems off to the side sometimes, separate. Exhaustion, work, stress, all these things add up. In our society we tend to center our lives only around work, and we forget a little about our surroundings, and to live. So, forget your problems a little, don't take them home, don't sleep with problems and most of all, dedicate time for yourself, to love yourself and take care of yourself.
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Did you go to therapy?
There is therapy that's personalized, but every case is different. It's too long of a process to explain everything, but seriously, they try out a lot of things. You have sessions with therapists who give you the tools to control your stress and correct character defects and things like that.
What was it like getting back on stage?
It was marvelous. The first concert was in Santiago de Compostela, and Shakira joined me at that concert. In truth it was really exciting. The public response was incredible. The Spanish tour has been very successful in regards to the audiences and the critics. People have supported all the concerts not only with their presence but also in spirit, and it's really very exciting.
What's the new Alejandro Sanz like on stage?
I start every concert by asking everyone to go on a journey with me. For me, a concert is a journey…Every song takes you somewhere, and when it's over you realize that you've experienced a bunch of feelings.
How would you describe the Alejandro Sanz of yesterday and today?
I think it's still really early to know how to say what I've learned in a year. People learn things as they go and create a balance. To enjoy the music a little more, to worry less about the things surrounding the music. In the end, I've learned that I'm a musician and that's what I'm dedicated to, that's what I like about my work, much more than everything else…I think what's important is the music and what you can express with it.
How are you as a dad?
I'm good (he laughs), [it's] my job.
What's the most important lesson you've taught your kids?
I don't know. I try to make every day a new lesson and every situation that they live a situation they can learn from. It's also important that they know how to learn for themselves, that they have some values and their own way of seeing, and that they can defend themselves. They should also be faithful to themselves above all else.