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"It's Allowed Me To Calm Down": Anne Hathaway On Her Unique Ritual To Deal With Stress And Anxiety

"It's Allowed Me To Calm Down": Anne Hathaway On Her Unique Ritual To Deal With Stress And Anxiety

Stress and anxiety seem to shadow celebrities in the digital age. Anne Hathaway shares the unique measures she uses to cope with pressure and negative emotions.

Anne Hathaway has given many of us a lot to think about as the New Year begins. The actress revealed some interesting ways in which she copes with stress and anxiety in an exclusive with Town & Country. The talented actress was born in Brooklyn to a lawyer father and an actress mother. The family moved to New Jersey when Anne turned six. Though she shot to fame after her role in The Princess Diaries alongside Julie Andrews in 2001, her first notable role was on a television show called Get Real in 1999. Unfortunately, the show did not run for very long. But all ended well for Anne Hathaway as we know. She has proven that she can be more than the girl next door in a romantic comedy. The actress could have chosen to be comfortable being cast in that role forever, considering how good she was at playing it with her big brown Bambi-eyes that scream innocence. But, she chose to break out of that mold and challenge herself. Her efforts were not in vain considering she won the 2013 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine in Les Misérables.  

You would think that things only got better from there for the star. But, it catapulted her into a world of stress and anxiety. In a bizarre turn of events, her win raised an army of self-proclaimed 'Hathahaters' and Hathaway was the object of much cruel and unwarranted criticism. To be torn apart publicly after receiving an award as revered as an Oscar, must not have been an easy situation to navigate. Many felt that she did not deserve the award and took it upon themselves to ensure Hathaway knew that. The shade thrown at her had snowballed enough to warrant a think piece on the whole episode in the New York Times



 

It said, "For some nonfans, Ms. Hathaway seems to embody the archetypal high school drama geek who cannot turn off the eager, girlish persona, even away from the stage." Given the magnitude of the unwarranted criticism and its sexist undertones, one would expect retaliation of sorts from Hathaway. But she evidently chose to take the high road and silence her haters in a far more efficient way. She doubled down on perfecting her craft and reaching for roles with some serious meat in them, continuing to star in unexpected roles.  


 
 
 
 
 
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Her co-star in Serenity Matthew McConaughey described Hathaway's all-consuming devotion to her craft as her being, "a nerd for acting." He added, "She’s always preparing. Even days before shooting a scene, or late at night on a weekend, she’s seeing the world through some prism of her character’s eyes." It is impossible to fathom the depths of pain and anguish one with her passion for acting experiences when being harshly criticized for a role that she most likely poured her heart and soul into. It is not surprising that it paved the way for anxiety and stress to tighten its grip on her.

But, ever the fighter, Hathaway has found a way around that, too. One thing is for sure, Hathaway is not one to go down without a fight, whether it is with the demons within her or the ones without. The actress revealed that every time she feels stress or panic trying to wrestle her into a corner and reduce her into a wreck of emotions, she simply pulls out a pen, a paper and interestingly a flaming candle. She explains, "Set a timer on your phone, have a candle nearby, and write it all down." She advises that twelve minutes is a good amount of time to vent your worries in the written word. 


 
 
 
 
 
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She continued, "You spew it all out. You do not read it." And now for the interesting part, "The timer goes off, you tear it out of the book, and you light it on fire." Yep. That's what the candle is for. Torching your troubles away. Not for an aromatic treat to relax your senses. "All of this energy, this angst, this rage—everything is smoke," says Hathaway. Another interesting medium Hathaway uses to de-stress is social media, quite contrary to the rest of the living world. She confessed that Instagram calms her because she feels like she has a public voice that she can use to set her truth straight, instead of helplessly watching others portray her any which way they seem fit.

"Having the ability to do something on my own terms has been good for me," Hathaway explained. "It has allowed me to calm down and communicate in a way that’s more clear." Though she admits that she tries her best to limit her time on Instagram to 15 minutes, even using her phone's timer to help her do so. She also avoids spontaneously posting anything to her followers who number nearly 13 million. She takes time to craft the post and sends the caption and images she would like to post to someone else to hold on to for at least an hour, they then send it back to her for final approval. "That way I look at it with fresh eyes. Because once it’s out there, it’s out there," Hathaway concluded. 


 
 
 
 
 
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