Behind the glitz and the glamor, the accolades and the swooning fans, the fame and the fortune, Hollywood’s A-list celebrities—the most sought-after musicians and elite athletes—are human, after all. Unlikely as it may seem, they may also find themselves wallowing in the same problems that lesser mortals find themselves mired in. That includes anxiety.
Don’t believe it?
In an interview, Hollywood darling Emma Stone once related her panic attacks during her childhood.
“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 mom and she brought me home. And for the next three years it just would not stop.”
Adele may be dominating the music charts with the release of her latest album. This, however, has not quelled her fear of playing to large crowds.
“I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage. My heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever.”
On the big screen, Chris Evans portrays Captain America, the avatar of bravery. But in real life, Evans has had his fair share of battles against anxiety. During one of the stops for the promotional tour of his movie, Evans said, “I struggle with anxiety sometimes, especially when promoting films like this. Just the life of doing what I do, being in the public eye, it’s a stressful environment.”
There are a few lessons that can be learned from here.
You are not alone
If you feel that you are carrying a burden, you are not alone. Even celebrities who seem to have everything you can ask for have their own personal battles. Now, it is up to you whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.
You can overcome your anxiety
These individuals, along with other celebrities, are good examples of why you do not have to feel trapped in your current experiences. If you acknowledge your condition and take solid steps, you can win over your anxiety, or at least manage it efficiently.
You can be successful
If you feel that your anxiety is holding you back from achieving your true potential, you are certainly wrong. As these celebrities have proven, you can be successful in whatever field you choose if you do not let yourself get bogged down.
One tool that can effectively help you overcome anxiety is guided imagery. Numerous studies indicate that through guided imagery, people can reduce the associated symptoms and do more with their lives.