Perrie Edwards admits social media can sometimes “mess” with her head.
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The Little Mix singer has opened up about her battle with anxiety and panic attacks and she has revealed that she tries to “differentiate” what’s real on the internet and what is fabricated because it can make her feel like she’s not good enough when she see’s people “looking perfect” 24 hours a day.
She said: “Social media can be so crap because on the one hand, it’s the best thing ever. We can go online every day, talk to our fans, be really close, have this connection with them, we post videos and pictures and we keep them up to date. It’s a nice thing we have as a relationship with our fans, our friends and our family.
“On the other hand, you go on Instagram and see people living these ideal lifestyles and people looking perfect 24/7 and you look at it and think, ‘why don’t I look like that? Why don’t I have a private jet every day? Why don’t I have Bentley parked outside?’ It starts to really mess with your head, and you start to feel like you’re not good enough.
“It’s about trying to differentiate what’s real and what’s not and a lot of the time, social media is not real.”
And Perrie has revealed that she often receives “aggressive” comments from people on social media and it can “affect” her day because she doesn’t understand why people need to be so “negative”.
She told Glamour magazine: “It’s the negative that stays with you and affects you the most. I don’t know how to look at people like that on social media. You don’t know whether to look at them and think ‘why are you evil? Do you get a kick out of being a bitch?’ Or, do you feel sorry for those people because they feel the need to do that? Maybe it’s by putting a negative effect on someone else, they’re benefitting by making themselves feel better.
“I don’t know how to look at it. I think if you don’t have anything nice to say, shut the f**k up. Why bring your negativity onto other people? If you’re going through something and you want to speak to someone, speak to someone, don’t go out and be aggressive towards other people on social media.”
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I’d like to open up about something. Venting your feelings is healthy and I want to be honest with you all. Over the past few years I have suffered really badly with anxiety and panic attacks. When I first started to feel the effects of anxiety I thought I was losing my mind and it terrified me. I felt so alone and like I was the first person in the world to ever experience it. – The first panic attack was so intense and overwhelming I felt like I was having a heart attack, I was so scared and confused and had no idea what was happening to me. I’m not sure what triggered that first one but it soon spiralled & I found myself in a really dark place, feeling alone and scared. I had people around me but I couldn’t explain to them what was happening to me or why. It affected me so badly that I didn’t even want to leave the house. I would step foot out the door and feel the overwhelming need to go straight back inside. It completely took over my life. – I’m happy to say that the physical attacks have stopped but unfortunately the anxiety still lives on. The reality is it probably always will. – I’ve had a relationship with my mind for 25 years now, so to feel it working against me sometimes makes me feel like a prisoner in my own head. It feels like the most unnatural thing in the world but the thing that helped me the most was discovering I’m not alone. I’m not the only person going through this. There are people all over the world feeling the exact same way I do! As soon as I realised I wasn’t going insane I felt more eager to beat it. I had therapy and I surround myself with my loved ones. Talking to someone relieves you of SO MUCH STRESS. I worked out coping mechanism’s and learned what the triggers are so that I can fight the attacks before they take hold. I restricted my time on social media which often made me feel trapped and claustrophobic. I took control of my life and accepted what I couldn’t control. – I don’t want to hide it anymore. I suffer from anxiety and I want you to all know if you suffer from anxiety you’re not alone ♥️