Ryan Reynolds says a popular app helps him cope with his lifelong anxiety
- Ryan Reynolds told the New York Times that he uses the meditation app Headspace to cope with an anxiety that he has "always had".
- Headspace, a popular app among Olympic athletes, Wall Street executives, and a number of celebrities, teaches meditation through breathing exercises and visualisation.
- Reynolds, whose film "Deadpool 2" premieres this month, said he uses the app before promotional interviews and talk-show appearances.
- He also said that he finds relief by conducting most of his recent interviews in character, as Deadpool.
In a New York Times profile promoting his upcoming film "Deadpool 2", Ryan Reynolds discussed how he copes with anxiety, which, as the Times wrote, makes him "often, quite secretly, a nervous wreck".
Reynolds told the Times that he uses the meditation app Headspace before promotional interviews and talk-show appearances to quell the anxiety that he said he has "always had".
"I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety," Reynolds said. "Both in the lighthearted 'I’m anxious about this' kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun."
Headspace, a popular app among Olympic athletes, Wall Street executives, and a number of celebrities, has around 8.5 active million active users, according to the company's most recent report on its user base.
The app has a straightforward set-up that teaches you how to meditate through breathing exercises and visualisation. For an in-depth take on the app, you can read this Business Insider feature on Headspace from 2016.
In addition to using Headspace, Reynolds said that he also finds relief by conducting most of his recent interviews in character, as Deadpool.
“When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” he said. "That’s that great self-defence mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”
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