Rita Ora Opens Up About Struggles with Anxiety

by Patria

British singer Rita Ora recently shared insights into her ongoing struggle with anxiety during an appearance on the Brave New World podcast with Evgeny Lebedev.

Opening up about her experiences, the 33-year-old singer revealed her long-standing battle with anxiety, a condition she believes is prevalent within her industry. “I have really bad anxiety, I think anyone in my industry has the anxiety, to be honest,” Rita expressed during the podcast. She highlighted the importance of destigmatizing mental health issues, acknowledging the fluctuating nature of anxiety and panic attacks.

Reflecting on her journey, the “Ritual” hitmaker emphasized her growing ability to recognize the onset of panic attacks, enabling her to proactively manage the symptoms. Rita shared her coping mechanisms, including acupuncture and mindfulness practices such as meditation. She also disclosed her fondness for alternative therapies like Chinese medicine and ice baths.

Notably, Rita discussed her admiration for Wim Hof, known as The Iceman, whose meditation and ice bathing techniques have been instrumental in her anxiety management. She recounted a special birthday surprise arranged for her husband, filmmaker Taika Waititi, where Wim Hof made an unexpected appearance, leaving both Rita and her husband astonished.

Rita’s candid revelation follows her 2016 interview with Cosmopolitan, where she disclosed her commitment to weekly therapy sessions to address her anxiety.

By speaking openly about her experiences, Rita Ora contributes to the ongoing dialogue surrounding mental health, emphasizing the importance of support and various coping strategies in navigating anxiety.

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