In fact, it actually makes her feel better. "Having the ability to do something on my own terms has been good for me," she explained. "It has allowed me to calm down and communicate in a way that’s more clear. " (It probably helps that she limits her screen time on the app to 15 minutes per session; only follows 54 accounts; and sticks to a routine of drafting her posts, handing them over to someone else for at least an hour, and posting them only after they've gotten final approval—which, yes, means that she also thinks extra hard about all the dad jokes she uses in her captions, like the hashtag "#ImWithTheBand(age)" for the photo below.
In the cover story in Town & Country's February issue, under the telling headline "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," Hathaway casually revealed that being on Instagram—which is to say, having constant access to seemingly picture-perfect people to compare herself with, not to mention putting herself at the mercy of millions of followers, some of whom actually self-identify as "Hathahaters"—doesn't give her anxiety.
I thought, 'Oh,
maybe if I was thinner' or 'Maybe if I grow out my hair' and, worst of
all, 'Maybe if I wasn’t Asian. ' For months, I went down a spiral of
self-hate, into the darkest recesses of my mind, places where I tore
myself apart, where I put their words above my own self-worth. "People weren’t nice about how I looked.
Imagine all the insecurities that you
already feel about yourself and having someone write a paragraph
pointing out every little thing—even if it’s just physical. "Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person
of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces,
valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories …
Before taking her most recent Insta-hiatus, she also shared that "the happiest" she's ever been was before social media existed, hence why she no longer even knows the password to her account, and has come to consider not Justin Bieber, but Instagram, as her "most difficult relationship. "I delete the app from my phone at least once a week.
Instead of, say, costly techniques like transcendental meditation, she simply turns to a tool that's not only free of charge, but also been around for centuries and centuries: fire. "Set a timer on your phone, have a candle nearby, and write it all down," she said of her procedure to rid herself of panic and stress. "You spew it all out. You do not read it.
It's hard to focus on your well
being and mental health when each time you open Instagram someone is
tearing apart your job, or your relationship or essentially any of the
things in your life that are positive. "Every day I think I should delete [the app].
I’m super sensitive—not
too sensitive—but I really feel things. "Being off of Instagram is the best thing ever.
Next time you're feeling anxious, take notes from Anne Hathaway's anti-anxiety remedy. https://t.co/u3NJrwWhxo— W magazine (@wmag) May 25, 2019
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