8 Celebrities and their Anxiety Tips

Jun 9, 2015 | Anxiety, Blog

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Even the rich and beautiful get anxious and fearful.

Of course, celebrities are just like everyone else, but it’s almost comforting to know that it can happen to anyone, no matter how successful or confident you might appear on the outside

When I was researching this article I found it very surprising how many celebrities admit to having social anxiety, since you’d think that being in the public eye so much, they’d be the complete opposite.

Not so.

It’s a testament to the fact that often people are feeling anxious or shy on the inside, whilst outwardly appearing pretty confident.

I’m sure there are many, many more celebrities with anxiety issues who just don’t talk about it too.

However, from the ones that have, I’ve collected some of their top tips to share with you.

1) Singer Adele always seems perfectly composed on stage, however she has suffered anxiety. “I’m scared of audiences,” she said. “One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.”

In a moment of fear, Adele asked herself, ” ’What would [Beyoncé’s alter ego] Sasha Fierce do?’ That’s when Sasha Carter was born.” It was a combination of Sasha Fierce country singer June Carter and Adele channels this whenever she needs to summon her courage and confidence. Who could you channel to give you strength and confidence when you need it most?

2) Lena Durnhan sings the praises of exercise for tackling anxiety. ‘It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain,‘ she wrote on social media recently. She continued ‘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.’

3) Jemma Kidd, make-up artist and sister to supermodel Jodie Kidd recommends distracting yourself when you start to feel anxious. ‘If I was driving and felt anxious, I turned the music up loud and sang along. If I was at a dinner party and thought I might have a panic attack, I turned to the person next to me and really concentrated on what they were saying.’

4) Actress Emma Stone has gone on the record about her anxiety issues, saying that she used to suffer panic attacks from a young age and was scared of ‘failing’. She says she used acting to ‘give her a sense of purpose’. She also recommends baking to help with anxiety; stating that it helped her to regain a sense of control, knowing that she could control how the cakes came out.

5) Amanda Seyfried takes time out of her schedule to take it easy and tries to focus on the positive things in her life to help her to manage anxiety and panic attacks. She also credits painting as helping her to relax and unwind.

6) Jennifer Lawrence has talked about her social anxiety issues claiming that acting helped her to feel ”capable whereas before I felt good for nothing”. Finding what you’re good at and what you love doing, like Jennifer did, could be a big help.

7) David Beckham says he plays with lego to calm himself down and control his anxiety, saying he find it ‘very therapeutic’. Anything carefree and childlike could help, or just something that engages your attention and distracts you away from anxiety.

8) Youtube star Zoella has often vlogged about her experiences with anxiety and works with the mental health charity MIND. She reminds everyone that they should ”feel ok to speak out, to talk to friends and family about what they’re going through, to ask for help”. Anxiety is extremely common but it’s not often talked about and reaching out to a friend or family member can really help.

I hope these tips prove useful and that they further convince you that anxiety can happen to the best of us, it’s actually pretty normal and there are ways to overcome it.

Let us know in the comments one key take-away that you’re getting from this article; are you surprised that any of these celebs have anxiety? Are there any tips you’ll be trying? Let us know below.

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  1. Hannah

    I like the idea of singing to distract myself from feeling anxious – going to try this x

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  2. Laurence Johns

    So… David Beckham plays with lego – interesting!

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  3. Stuart Burkhill

    David Beckham has Anxiety ? He also plays with Lego ? ! I’m very surprised on both counts, I feel positive and normal now 🙂

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