Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Panic Attack That Left Her 'Feeling Physically Paralyzed'

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Health & Lifestyle
Fatima Araos

Jennifer Lopez opened up about her mental health and the perils of being a world-famous pop superstar in her newsletter, On the JLo.

The 52-year-old Marry Me actress wrote about a time when she was working too much and not getting enough rest. It led to exhaustion, which in turn caused a panic attack, and the episode was so severe that it left her “feeling physically paralyzed.”

The terrifying experience happened in her late 20s when she was living the life of a workaholic superstar. Read the details below.

'I Thought I Was Invincible'

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Lopez described what her work schedule was like in those days, saying, “There was a time in my life where I used to sleep 3 to 5 hours a night. I'd be on set all day and in the studio all night and doing junkets and filming videos on the weekends. I was in my late 20s, and I thought I was invincible.”

Things came to a head one day when she started experiencing physical symptoms from all the stress.

'Feeling Physically Paralyzed'

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The Love Don’t Cost a Thing singer then realized she wasn’t as invincible as she thought. She continued, “Until one day, I was sitting in a trailer, and all the work and the stress it brought with it, coupled with not enough sleep to recuperate mentally, caught up with me. I found myself feeling physically paralyzed. I couldn't see clearly and then the physical symptoms I was having started to scare me, and the fear compounded itself. Now I know it was a classic panic attack brought on by exhaustion, but I had never even heard the term at the time.”

She Thought She Was Going Crazy

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How did Lopez address the panic attack? She said her security guard brought her to the doctor.

“By the time I got there, I could at least speak again and I was so terrified I thought I was losing my mind. I asked the doctor if I was going crazy. He said, 'No, you're not crazy. You need sleep ... get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, don't drink caffeine, and make sure you get your workouts in if you're going to do this much work.”

'Journey To Wellness'

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Because of that scary experience, the star learned to prioritize self-care, saying, “I realized how serious the consequences could be of ignoring what my body and mind needed to be healthy — and that's where my journey to wellness began.”

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