8 Celebrities On How They Overcome + Deal With Anxiety
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One thing fame can't buy you is a free ticket past stress and anxiety – something these female celebrities know too well.
Suffering with any type of anxiety, whether it be work, money, or relationship-related (or none of the above!) can happen to any person at any stage of their life.
These celeb ladies have spoken out about their struggles and offered their personal experiences of dealing with their issues.
Demi Lovato has even reently said to Rolling Stone that she's proud to have her bipolar condition: “I deal with mood swings, I deal with episodes of mania, and bipolar-depression phases as well.
“But I've used my voice to help others, and I feel proud that I've been able to do that.”
In the midst of her Revival world tour Selena Gomez made a statement that she was taking a 'time out'.
“I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she said.
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off … I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best.”
As a mental health advocate and founder of the initiative, Demi Lovato has spoken out about living with bipolar disorder and battling anxiety in the past.
In an interview with , she said, “Exercising is [one] way I deal with anxiety. Painting, and writing music and expressing myself through art are other ways that I can release emotions.
“Meditation is another one. Whatever it is, it's important to find what works for you.”
Funny girl Lena Dunham has celebrated the benefits of exercise in transforming her mental wellbeing and helping her tackle her OCD.
In an Instagram post, Lena wrote, “[Exercise] has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible.
“To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it's mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I'm glad I did.”
Lena’s final message? “It ain't about the ass, it's about the brain.”
Golden Globe-nominated actress Emma Stone, may be known for her comedy acting and endless charm but since adolescence has struggled with anxiety.
Speaking to , Emma described her first experience of having a panic attack, when she thought the house was burning down.
“For the next three years it just would not stop. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later.
“I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change.”
Acting is Emma’s remedy; “There's something about the immediacy of acting,” she says. “You can't afford to think about a million other things.”
Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman opened up about life with depression in an interview with , “People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don't think most of them really know what it is.
“Every breath is labored. You are dying. You are going to die. It's terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there.”
Sarah’s advice to those dealing with anxiety and depression is to keep holding on, because things get better.
“The tough times, the days when you're just a ball on the floor—they'll pass,” she says.
“You're playing the long game, and life is totally worth it.”
Actress and our secret girl-crush, Jennifer Lawrence, revealed to French magazine her struggle with anxiety in at school.
“When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly.
“When I entered the school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety,” she says.
Like Emma Stone, JLaw credits acting as her solace, “I finally found a way, opened the door to a universe that I understood, that was good for me and made me happy, because I felt capable, whereas before I felt worthless.”
Hit-maker turned wellness warrior Ellie Goulding has suffered her own bouts of anxiety in the past.
Speaking to , Ellie opened up about her experience with panic attacks, “Sick, horrible things would go through my mind but I didn’t want to draw attention to myself.
“It got to the point when I couldn’t even get into the car and go to the studio.”
Through CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and talking about her childhood, Ellie was able to come to terms with the route of her anxieties.
“It took a lot of going back to my childhood.
“With the help of things like Diazepam in small doses to relax me at certain times, the attacks slowly stopped and now I’m through it.”
It’s well known that superstar Adele avoids playing large concerts and is weary of performing at festivals.
Speaking to magazine, she opened up about the reason behind her stage fright and fear of anxiety attacks: “I never feel like I'm going to deliver, ever.”
Stage fright being a natural response to the idea of performing, Adele manages her anxiety by pushing on with, and nailing her performance.
In an interview with NBC's Today Show she described a concert she played at Radio City Music Hall, “I saw the crowd and I just melted. After the second or third song, I was chill, I was alright.”