It’s important that we all take care of our mental health, which is why it’s so great that the subject has become less taboo in recent years. Something that has helped the cause move forward is celebrities speaking up about their own experiences of suffering with their mental health, proving that we can all feel not quite ourselves at times.
Despite her outwardly confident persona, Jennifer Lopez has recently added to the conversation by sharing her experiences of having panic attacks in the past.
Writing in her newsletter, On The JLo, she said: ‘There was a time in my life where I used to sleep three to five hours a night. I’d be on set all day and in the studio all night and doing junkets and filming videos on the weekends. I was in my late 20s and I thought I was invincible.’
However, the singer and actress went on to describe how all the work, stress and lack of sleep eventually caught up with her. Sat in a trailer, she suddenly went from feeling ‘totally normal’ to ‘frozen’ and couldn’t move or see clearly. At the time, she thought she was going crazy, but now knows that what she had that day was a panic attack.
‘Now I know it was a classic panic attack brought on by exhaustion, but I had never even heard the term at the time.’
The 52-year-old revealed what her doctor told her: ‘He said, “No, you’re not crazy. You need sleep… get seven to nine hours of sleep per night, don’t drink caffeine, and make sure you get your workouts in if you’re going to do this much work.”‘
‘I realized how serious the consequences could be of ignoring what my body and mind needed to be healthy – and that’s where my journey to wellness began.’
Jennifer Lopez now loves her sleep, saying: ‘I think of sleep like a little time machine. You lay down and you go into a space where you preserve yourself and then you come out a new, younger person than you were before. Sometimes I wake up and say, “Wow! I just lost 10 years off my face!” That’s what a good night’s sleep can do for you, and it accumulates over time.’