Last year was a record-breaking one for anxiety in America. For the first time since 2007, the American Psychological Association’s survey “Stress in America” revealed an increase in stress overall. This January, an international study revealed that of the huge number who suffer from anxiety worldwide, just 10 percent receive acceptable treatment. Celebrities, despite their fame, are not immune from this epidemic. In recent years, many have begun speaking out about their own struggles with anxiety and other mental health issues, and sharing ways that they cope. Although these shouldn’t be considered a substitute for things like psychotherapy or psychiatric medicine, they can — at the very least — help you to de-stress after an anxiety-ridden day.
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Disney star turned Hollywood breakout Zendaya spends a lot of time in the spotlight. So when the 21-year-old needs to calm herself down, she goes back to her childhood roots. “ I literally have a coloring station at my house,” Zendaya tweeted . “In my house we all find it quite therapeutic. It helps me with stress.” (Photo: Getty Images) Speaking with Interview magazine, the Big Little Lies star that said unwinding at the end of the day was her biggest stress relief. “ The thing that’s most grounding for me before bed, though, is when I wash my face. To wash my face and nourish my skin and cleanse myself of everything that happened through the day, and then to sit in bed with my journal or a book of poems or a novel and a cup of tea, is the perfect way for me to ensure a good night’s rest.” (Photo: Getty Images) Even supermodels need to unwind. When Miranda Kerr is looking to stay grounded, she makes sure to stick rose quartz in her purse . “R ose Quartz is a pink coloured crystal believed to have heart-healing properties. It encourages healthy self-love, and can bestow compassion, forgiveness and acceptance,” Kerr wrote on her blog. “Rose Quartz is also soothing, calming and reduces stress and tension.” (Photo: Getty Images) The actress, activist, and author of the New York Times bestseller We’re Going to Need More Wine told the Cut that she doesn’t take stress relief lightly. “My splurges are for massages and acupuncture. I’ll go broke. If I ever end up on an episode of What Happened to These People ? or Unsung , it will be because of massages. I have high anxiety, and massages and acupuncture help me de-stress. I have been known to have massages or acupuncture back to back to back.” (Photo: Getty Images) Name a more iconic purveyor of self-care (we’ll wait). Oprah knows how to keep herself grounded and calm. Her secret? A special Sunday routine. “ I always give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal — a day when I do absolutely nothing,” Winfrey writes . “I sit in my jammies or take a walk, and I allow myself time to BE — capital B-E — with myself. When I don’t, I absolutely become stressed, irritable, anxiety-prone, and not the person I want to be in the world.” (Photo: Getty Images) When you’re an American ballet superstar, exercise and staying in shape is mandatory. So when Misty Copeland needs to relax, she turns to something else. “After a show it’s late at night and you’re exhausted, but your adrenaline is still pumping,” Copeland told Women’s Health. “I usually listen to music and walk home to kind of transition into relaxed mode. I get home and usually have a glass of wine … and try to relax.” (Photo: Getty Images) The recent focus of body-shaming for her small figure, which she says is related to her experience with Hashimoto’s disease , Gigi Hadid has more than one reason to need a stress-relief routine. Luckily the model and California native has found what soothes her — art. “ It’s really relaxing. I do a lot of art at home, like painting, drawing, sometimes working with clay,” Hadid told Harper’s Bazaar. “I build a lot of Lego sets. That’s art, I guess!” (Photo: Getty Images) In an interview with the Huffington Post, Kylie Jenner said she uses a beat to chill out. “Usually I listen to music — I put my headphones in and just sit by myself and listen or find a quiet space. Every time I start to get worked up over something I just think to myself, ‘Is this really going to matter in my life tomorrow, in an hour, in a year?’ You just can’t get stressed about the little things ’cause it’s just not worth it at the end of the day.’” (Photo: Getty Images) Leave it to the woman behind Olivia Pope to master #SelfCare. In a talk with O m agazine, the television powerhouse said that she’s her calmest when submerged. “I actually like being alone. I spend most evenings reading and taking long baths,” Rhimes told Oprah. “ The bathtub is the most important thing in my new house.” (Photo: Getty Images) When you’re the momager of the century, you have the world at your fingertips. But for Kris Jenner, the No. 1 way to relax isn’t a form of pampering, it’s bargain shopping. In an interview with the New York Times M agazine, Jenner deemed her trips to Costco a sacred way to unwind. “ Costco is a passion,” she said. “Costco is like a massage.” (Photo: Splash) In her YouTube documentary, released in October, actress and singer Demi Lovato revealed her secret weapon for fighting depression and anxiety: exercise. “ Working out is a form of meditation to me because I’m not focused on anything in my head. It can transport you to a totally different place. I’m on a journey to discover what it’s like to be free of all demons.” (Photo: Getty Images) The star of American Horror Story doesn’t mess around when it comes to getting her thoughts to quiet down. “I like workouts that are good for your mind as well. With my job, your mind can get very noisy, and you can get a lot of anxiety,” Emma Roberts told the New York Times . “Sometimes I’ll be up at night and unable to sleep because I have anxiety about stuff. When I do Pilates and yoga, I sleep easier and feel a bit more able to handle everything.” (Photo: Getty Images)
In an interview last December, the singer, actor, and mom of two told
Us Weekly that she takes a multipronged approach to wellness. “It’s a whole rounded regimen that deals with your mind, your soul, your spirit, and your body,” Lopez said. “It’s working out, it’s dancing, it’s meditating. And then, at the end of the day, just being happy, being with my kids and feeling the love and the joy that they give me. All of that helps balance it out, so work doesn’t feel so crazy.” (Photo: Getty Images)