- Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift and Madonna reveal how they deal with panic attacks and beat anxiety
- Jennifer Lawrence said that acting made her happy and made her feel capable and comfortable with life
- “You can’t afford to think about a million other things. You have to think about the task at hand,” Emma Stone
- “I know that my biggest mistakes have turned into my best lessons and sometimes my greatest career triumphs,” Taylor Swift
- When a panic attack occurs, Madonna deals with them by turning her back to the audience, taking a deep breath, and convincing herself that it is only temporary
Anxiety is a natural human emotion that most people experiences at times. Many people feel anxious when faced with an issue or before making an important decision.
When an individual suffers from anxiety, they may also be vulnerable to panic attacks – a sudden acceleration of an overwhelming physical response to excitement or fear. According to the latest statistics available, globally around 273 million suffer from anxiety. Women (5.2% of the female population) are more likely to experience the disorder than males (2.8%).
However, there are several ways to beat the blues and get through the difficult time. Here is how four of the most influential women (Healthista report) in the public eye including Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift deal with panic attacks and beat anxiety.
Jennifer Lawrence, who has received three Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award, is a victim of an emotional disorder. In a recent interview with Vogue magazine, the “Hunger Games” actress admitted to suffering from anxiety as a child.
Lawrence told a French magazine her mother used to tell her that there was a light in her before starting school, a spark that inspired her constantly. She added when she started school the light went out. She stayed away from parties and field trips. Lawrence thinks she felt “a kind of social anxiety.”
Lawrence says that the acting career has changed her life. The first time she found herself on stage her mum had said she “saw the change that was taking place in me.” Lawrence said that acting made her happy and made her feel capable and comfortable with life, “whereas before I felt worthless.”
Emma Stone, best known for her acting roles in films – ‘The Help,’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ admitted to Vogue in 2012, when talking about her childhood, she has had experience with anxiety. She recalled that “the first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mum, and she brought me home, and for the next three years, it just would not stop.”
She said that she would continuously beg her mother to tell her exactly how the day was going to be. “I just needed to know that no one was going to die, and nothing was going to change,” she stated.
Stone reveals that when she discovered acting the immediacy of it helped her to beat anxious thoughts. She says, “You can’t afford to think about a million other things. You have to think about the task at hand.”
During a performance at the Grammy Museum, Taylor Swift said to the audience that she had developed anxiety while in a relationship with an ex-boyfriend.
“It felt very fragile, it felt very tentative,” she said. She added that she lacked confidence regarding the stability of the relationship.
Despite her past break-ups, Swift has been able to develop several strong friendships in Hollywood.
“I know that my biggest mistakes have turned into my best lessons and sometimes my greatest career triumphs,” she told ASOS magazine.
Madonna has performed in front of millions of people all over the world. However, the singer has revealed that she regularly suffers from panic attacks.
In an interview, she admits that there are times on stage when she feels like she ‘might just die on stage’. She states, “I have panic attacks where I feel like everyone is breathing my air, and I cannot live up to everybody’s expectations.”
Madonna explained that it’s difficult to explain the reasons for the attacks. She recognizes that it is not a fear of performing that sparks them, but thinks a feeling of claustrophobia triggers them. By definition, claustrophobia means extreme or irrational fear of confined places.
When a panic attack occurs, she deals with them by turning her back to the audience, taking a deep breath, and convincing herself that it is only temporary.