Zoe Sugg filmed herself having a panic attack to raise awareness of anxiety

17 July 2019, 15:47

Zoella. Picture: Instagram: @zoesugg

By Staff

Friend and YouTuber Tanya Burr was there to calm her down.

Zoella has been pretty open with her struggles with anxiety in the past, but yesterday (July 17) she took things to a new level.

While at a restaurant with her partner Alfie Deyes and friend Tanya Burr, Zoe Sugg felt the beginnings of a panic attack come on, so went outside to try and calm down and time-lapsed the moment for her fans to raise awareness of the realities of living with anxiety.

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“Over the past 15 years I’ve done this A LOT! In fact, for a good part of my early twenties I spent half my time at restaurants (if I ever dared to go in the first place) ‘getting fresh air’ outside!” she wrote in the clip, where friend and YouTuber Tanya can be seen helping Zoe to calm down.

“Just thought I’d share this little snippet with you! Because often it can look like people are having the most normal and glamorous evening but you don’t always know the full picture.”

Zoella. Picture: Instagram: @zoesugg
Zoellla. Picture: Instagram: @zoesugg

In the Story, you can see Tanya calming her down and “saying all the right things”, while placing a hand on her stomach to help her do some deep breathing techniques to calm her nerves.

Afterwards, Zoella took to her Instagram to answer questions from fans about her experiences of anxiety.

To a fan who asked when Zoella started experiencing signs of anxiety, Zoella said: “I was around 14/15 and thought “oh this feels strange, what’s going here”. But I also know I experienced it as a child, I just didn’t understand at the time.”

Zoella Instagram Story
Zoella Instagram Story. Picture: Instagram: @zoesugg

She then spoke about seeing a few doctors through her late teens and early twenties and feeling disheartened when it felt as though her symptoms were being misunderstood and not taken seriously.

“Cue to starting to go meetings in London, and blogging and making videos and having to get the train everywhere and being exposed to thousands of people and it just hit me like a tonne of bricks. I would say between the ages of 23-26 it affected about 80% of my day. It was exhausting!”

Zoe has been speaking out about mental health as far back as 2012, when she posted a video to her channel called ‘Dealing with Panic Attacks & Anxiety’ and has been mentioning how she deals with anxiety in many of her videos ever since.

Zoella Instagram Story
Zoella Instagram Story. Picture: Instagram: @zoesugg

She also explained that she started seeing a therapist a few years ago, who she stills sees regularly today: “Hands down I would not be the person I am today and enjoying life at the capacity I’m enjoying it at, and I’m aware that I’m in a very lucky position being able to pay for that myself, but it has changed my life."

Since mental health awareness is important and FOMO on social media is real, it’s good to see star influencers speak out on how everyone has insecurities and bad days, regardless of how incredible their Instagram feed may seem.