ELLIE GOULDING has become well known for her chart-topping success over the years, and her latest single, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s River, is set to be another hit. But one thing fans of the star may not know is her struggle with anxiety in the past.
Ellie Goulding, 32, opened up about her experiences with mental health issues earlier this year. In May she spoke to Planet Radio and revealed she used to have anxiety attacks as a result of “always being anxious and holding a lot of tension and being scared of everything”.
The singer went on to say how many people were surprised when she was so open about mental health.
But now, Ellie’s glad it’s no longer as much of a “taboo” and that it makes her happy.
She explained: “There are sometimes when I want to take myself away from everything and just kind of deal with stuff myself, and I really have to force myself to text someone or call someone and say ‘I’m not feeling good’.”
What is anxiety?
Referred to as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) by the NHS, anxiety is a long-term condition that can make a person feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues.
The health body says you may have GAD if:
Your worrying is uncontrollable and causes distress
Your worrying affects your daily life, including school, your job and your social life
You cannot let go of your worries
You worry about all sorts of things, such as your job or health, and minor concerns, such as household chores
The NHS adds: “You should see your GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress. They can diagnose your condition based on your symptoms.”
Symptoms of anxiety
Symptoms may include:
Feeling restless or on edge
Getting tired easily
Having difficulty concentrating or feeling your mind goes blank
Having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
Having tense muscles
How to treat anxiety
Living with anxiety can be very difficult, but Mind charity offers steps you can take that might help.
Talking to someone you trust
Trying to manage your worries
Looking after your physical health
Trying breathing exercises
Keeping a diary
Trying peer support
Complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, aromatherapy and massage.
When it comes to talking to someone you trust, the charity advises: “Talking to someone you trust about what’s making you anxious could be a relief.
“It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help in itself.
“If you aren’t able to open up to someone close to you, the Samaritans and Anxiety UK both run helplines that you can call to talk to someone.”
Author: KATRINA TURRILL