Anxiety disorders affect 40 million people in the US and 15% of the population in the UK according to statistics.
Most of us have, or will, experience some form of anxiety in our lives. It’s a common ‘disorder’ that is on the rise thanks to the amount of pressure we put on each other. Social media doesn’t help.
I suffered from panic attacks throughout University, and sometimes still do. And I know a lot of people in our offices have suffered from them too. There are times when you feel like you’re the only person in the world who feels a certain way, which is why we had a look at the celebrities who suffer from anxiety and how they deal with it.
Kylie Jenner spoke out about anxiety this week, she told Complex about how different her life on social media is from real life sometimes “I never went out,” she said, “If I tried to go to the movies or something, I would stop breathing in the middle and just cry. I’m surprised there aren’t videos of me out there. I felt super trapped, like everybody was watching me.”
In order to deal with it, she, “learned to slow down everything, focus on things that I love, and say no to things I didn’t want to do,” she told the magazine.
Amanda told Glamour that she sees a therapist to help her with her panic attacks, but still suffers from them occasionally. “I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyze things,” she said. “I’ll start worrying about my parents or my dog,”
“I thought, in two and a half years I’ll be 30, then 10 years from that I’ll be 40, then 10 years from that I’ll be 50,” she told The Guardian. “It’s why I don’t sleep at night.”
But she copes through exercise, she wrote a post on Instagram about how exercise is a savior for anyone with anxiety, OCD or depression. “It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain,” she said.
Selena has recently taken some time off from the music business, due to suffering from anxiety and panic attacks associated with lupus. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she told People.
There are other successful women too, including Oprah and Emma Stone. But there are probably many more successful people who suffer from anxiety on a daily basis and have yet to talk about it, you’d probably be surprised.
According to Forbes, “Anxiety is an absolutely necessary emotion. If you don’t think you experience it, you simply don’t understand it.” Apparently, our brains are hard-wired to feel anxiety, and in some cases, performance is enhanced by a slightly anxious feeling. If you need to know how to manage it, try this 90 second trick.
I think it’s time to share our anxiety stories with each other, so if you have a trick to deal with it share it in the comments below and let’s start a conversation!
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