It's no secret that, as exciting and romantic as weddings are, they can also be incredibly stressful – especially if you're one of the two people who'll be the centre of attention for the entire day. And that's no different if you're a celebrity. In fact, opening up about her experience of just that, Britney Spears took to social media this weekend to reveal she'd suffered a "panic attack" on her wedding day.
ICYMI, earlier this week Britney wed her fiancé Sam Asghari in an intimate wedding ceremony at their Los Angeles home. The couple were joined by a number of famous faces for the event, including Donatella Versace, Madonna, Selena Gomez and Drew Barrymore. Britney's ex-husband, Jason Alexander, also made an uninvited appearance, later being arrested for "crashing" the wedding.
Speaking about her big day on socials, the Toxic singer shared a series of behind-the-scenes photos from her nuptials to Sam, and opened up about how things went. "Wow!!! Holy holy crap!!! WE DID IT!!! WE GOT MARRIED!!!" she told her 41.5 million Instagram followers. "It was the most spectacular day!!! I was so nervous all morning but then at 2:00pm it really hit me... WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!"
As for how the nerves impacted her, Britney revealed she "had a panic attack" although she was able to "get it together".
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According to the NHS, a panic attack usually lasts five to 30 minutes and although "they can be very frightening, they're not dangerous and should not harm you." If you experience sudden, intense anxiety and fear, it could be the onset of a panic attack, with the NHS noting symptoms of a panic attack as; a racing heartbeat; feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded; feeling that you're losing control; sweating, trembling or shaking; shortness of breath or breathing very quickly; a tingling in your fingers or lips; and feeling sick (nausea).
If you're suffering with anxiety or fear, the NHS advises talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor – alternatively, you can reach out to the Samaritans for free via 116 123, [email protected] or at samaritans.org. Calming breathing exercises may also help to relax you, as well as physical exercise such as running, walking, swimming and yoga, the NHS adds.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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