Anyone who experiences anxiety regularly—whether in the form of sudden panic attacks or a constant, apprehensive state—knows how isolating it can feel. But lately, more people are coming forward and sharing their personal struggles.
Recently, Lo Bosworth joined the growing list of celebrities including Ellie Goulding, Kendall Jenner, and Kristen Stewart in opening up about her experience. On her website, she shares that on the outside, it looked like she had it all—including an awesome new feminine wellness company. She was killing it at work and in her personal life. No one would suspect that she was privately struggling with insomnia, a racing mind, and impulsive behavior.
“I mean, can you imagine having a 60-day-long panic attack? I can now—I lived it.”
“That all developed into a feeling of anxiety that lasted for almost two months without any relief,” Bosworth explains. “I mean, can you imagine having a 60-day-long panic attack? I can now—I lived it.”
She started therapy and medication, but showed no progress even after eight months. And then a blood test revealed the problem: she was deficient in vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Bosworth was shocked. She was young and ate healthy. How could this happen? It turned out her genes had a mutation.
Armed with this new knowledge, she upped her supplement intake and started taking probiotics. In addition to more vitamin D and B12, she started taking magnesium, turmeric, vitamin D3, serenol (for PMS), and omega-3s.
Ready for the happy part? Six months later, she was 100 percent back to her happy self.
Bosworth’s wellness journey shows that even if you live a healthy life, your body could be missing something—and that can affect your happiness in major ways. And while popping a supplement might not be your quick fix, since vitamin D and B12 are linked to lowering anxiety, it’s worth a shot and is something everyone can benefit from.
If you are anxiety-prone, here are some ways to feel better au naturel—AKA without medication—and these 10 ways to be more calm may help, too.