How Busy Philipps, Kendall Jenner & More Stars Who Battle Anxiety Deal with It
BUSY PHILIPPS: TALKING ABOUT IT
"I used to feel so isolated & alone about my anxiety—especially after Birdie was born," Philipps wrote on Instagram, recounting the time after welcoming her first daughter. Opening up about anxiety has made a big difference, she said, pointing out that she’s been vocal about mental health on social media and We’re No Doctors, the podcast she co-hosts with comedian Steve Agee. "Talking about these things helps," she continued. "At least I know it’s helped me."
Now, she wears an 'Anxiety' necklace by Jen Gotch x Iconery collection, to really express her feelings (proceeds from sales benefit nonprofit Bring Change to Mind, too). "I'm proud to wear my anxiety around my neck for everyone to see," she shared. "I work very hard daily to push through it and not let it get the best of me day. Some days it does, some days it doesn't. But really, truly, I know now even when I'm in it, I'm not alone."
BRITTANY SNOW: MONITORING THOUGHTS
The Pitch Perfect actress, who also serves as co-founder of Love Is Louder, hosted a Tumblr Answer Time on the mental health and wellness platform Post It Forward. Snow got candid about dealing with anxiety attacks, offering her own advice for those struggling. "I had to learn how to check negative thoughts that come into my head and say to myself, 'Maybe that's not true,' " she said. "Finding the difference between your thoughts and who you really are."
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: ACTING
She may have earned the nickname "Nitro" for her hyperactive personality growing up, but that all changed once Lawrence got to school. "When my mother talks about my childhood, she always says there was a light within me," the Oscar winner told Madame Figaro in 2013. "When I went to school, this light went out." She continued: "We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety. I went to see a shrink, nothing worked." It wasn't until she found her calling on the stage that the Hunger Games star began feeling like herself again. Acting, added Lawrence, "made me happy because I felt capable whereas before I felt good for nothing. This is why Mom fought for me to become an actress."
BETH BEHRS: WORKING WITH HORSES
"I noticed just being around horses, my panic attacks started going away," Behrs said in the World's Most Beautiful Issue of PEOPLE. "They're so grounding. You have to be your authentic self around them, which is so empowering. You realize, I don't have to fake it. If you're scared, say I’m scared — they'll come right to you. If you try to put up a wall or fake it, they won't."
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST: BREATHING EXERCISES
On an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the reality star opened up about her battle with anxiety following her horrific Paris robbery. "I think about it all the time, it drives me crazy," Kardashian West said, adding that her anxiety hits an all-time high when she's driving. "I just want to get past my anxiety and live life … I never had anxiety and I want to take back my life." The business mogul gave therapy a try, which seemed to help, and also put her therapist's coping mechanisms (including breathing exercises) into practice.
KENDALL JENNER: MEDITATION
Jenner's issues surfaced when she started flying solo. "It is so weird as I get like super light headed when I am on planes and I feel like I am going to faint," the supermodel revealed during an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. "I don't know what to do as I am freaking out about even flying home." When she didn't find therapy effective, Jenner turned to meditation to help combat her attacks.
LENA DUNHAM: EXERCISE
"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," said the Girls star, who spoke (and wrote) openly about her mental health struggles in an April Instagram post. "I'm glad I did. It ain't about the ass, it's about the brain."
LO BOSWORTH: VITAMINS
For The Hills alum, 2016 served as "the worst year ever" due to her 60-day battle with anxiety and subsequent panic attacks. "Imagine that you have no idea why your body is turning itself inside out, your brain feels like it's on Pluto, and your sweet boyfriend is wondering what the f— is going on," Bosworth shared on her blog. "The unknown is certainly a terrifying place." When therapy and medication failed to provide relief, it was discovered that the reality TV star was actually suffering from severe deficiencies of vitamins B12 and vitamin D. Genetic testing revealed that her "body doesn't process B12 and D in the way that other people can." Once she began addressing the issue, she turned a corner. "I'm living proof that you should fight, you should explore, you should take your health into your own hands and be your own advocate, and that you CAN come out the other side with some serious scars, but feeling like a brand new human being," she added.
EMMA STONE: IMPROV CLASSES
"When I was about 7, I was convinced the house was burning down. I could sense it," she told Rolling Stone, opening up about growing up as a child with anxiety. "Not a hallucination, just a tightening in my chest, feeling I couldn't breathe, like the world was going to end. There were some flare-ups like that, but my anxiety was constant." She added: "At a certain point, I couldn't go to friends' houses anymore – I could barely get out the door to school." Along with therapy, performing became a major way for Stone to overcome her anxiety. "I started acting at this youth theater, doing improv and sketch comedy," she said. "You have to be present in improv, and that’s the antithesis of anxiety."
RACHEL BLOOM: MEDITATION
"When I'm about to engage in an anxiety spiral, it feels like I'm balancing at the edge of a pool, and if I dip my toe into the nonsense, I fall in. So I have to stay balanced. To help me do that, I've gotten into meditating. Yes, meditating," the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress and co-creator told Glamour of her struggle with depression and anxiety — and how she finally got a handle on both. "Meditating has helped me to focus on the present and to not see every great thing as my thing to f— up. I used to feel like, 'Okay, this good thing is happening; it's yours to lose.' With this show, though, every day is so high stakes that I would crumble if I thought that way. So I try to say to myself, 'Hey, you only live once. Go along for the ride. Do your best.' "