Millie Mackintosh has stopped drinking alcohol to ease her anxiety and took to Instagram on Sunday to share the update with fans.
Revealing she’s now been sober for 12 weeks, the former Made In Chelsea star, 33, admitted drinking was a “huge trigger” for her anxiety.
It comes after she started taking medication to help improve her mental health in August, saying she’s struggled with it since her teens.
‘It’s a huge trigger’: Millie Mackintosh, 33, has revealed she’s been sober for 12 weeks after giving up alcohol to ease her anxiety (pictured in 2016)
The beauty posted a candid update to her 1.4 million followers, sharing that the decision to stop using alcohol was the result of a “breakthrough in therapy.”
Speaking about the decision to quit alcohol, she also noted the health benefits she’s experienced since quitting.
“I had a breakthrough in therapy and decided to stop drinking alcohol, I didn’t want to admit it, but it’s a huge trigger for my anxiety. It has a direct negative effect on my mental health and right now I am focused on feeling my best, finding happiness in my life and not trying to escape it,” she wrote.
Breakthrough: She posted a candid update to her 1.4 million followers, sharing that the decision to stop using alcohol was the result of a ‘breakthrough in therapy’
WHAT IS FEAR?
Anxiety is a normal part of life that affects different people in different ways and at different times.
Where stress can come and go, anxiety often persists and doesn’t always have a clear cause.
Alongside depression, anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK, affecting 8.2 million people in 2013 alone.
Each year, approximately 40 million adults suffer from the condition in the US.
Fear can make a person imagine that things in their life are worse than they are or that they are going crazy.
While it evolved in our caveman age as part of the “fight or flight” mechanism to avoid danger, anxiety can be inappropriately activated in everyday life when stress builds up.
It can have an obvious cause, such as a move or surgery. However, sometimes small life events pile up until a person is unable to cope, with fear then taking them by surprise.
Physical symptoms may include:
- Increased heart rate and muscle tension
- Hyperventilation and Dizziness
- A tight band across the chest
- tension headache
- hot flashes
- To sweat
- ‘Jelly legs’
- Feeling like you’re choking
- Tingling in hands and feet
Some psychological symptoms are:
- Thinking you’re going crazy or losing control
- Thinking you might die or get sick
- Feeling that people are staring at you
- Feeling detached from others or on edge
Treatment often includes counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Activates such as yoga, exercise, reading and socializing can help manage anxiety.
Continued: ‘It’s been 12 weeks and I’m enjoying the sober life, don’t miss the ‘hanxiety’, feel more energetic, my skin looks great and I sleep much better.
Millie went on to say she might start drinking again in the future, before asking if any of her followers have done the same.
“I’m not saying I’ll never drink alcohol again, I’m just saying that now, I’m not doing that and I want to keep going. Did someone else dump the booze? How do you like it? I like to hear from more down-to-earth curious people.’
And by providing insight into her journey with anxiety medication, Millie revealed that while it has improved her mental health, she’s lowering her dosage because it also leaves her “emotionally numb.”
Writing: ‘Overall I’m a lot less anxious which is great, I’m still on my SSRI meds but I’ve recently lowered my dose as I was feeling a bit emotionally numb and disconnected, which is apparently about 30% of the time. can affect the people.
“I’ll see how it goes over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll stop taking my meds by the end of the year, then stay off them or try others.
“It’s a tough decision because I really benefit from it and function well without constant anxiety and live in fear of panic attacks, but I also still want to feel all the good emotions!” she concluded.
Millie accompanied the long post with a radiant selfie, showing off her fresh complexion.
Talking about her relationship with alcohol in 2016, the star explained to Stellar magazine that she always tries to keep it healthy.
“When I drink, I take tequila and soda, or tequila on the rocks, both with fresh lime. This is a fairly clean and relatively low-calorie drink. Or I order a glass of red; I’ll just take one glass and keep it full,’ she said.
Millie is married to former Made In Chelsea star Hugo Taylor and the couple are parents to daughters Sienna, two, and Aurelia, 12 months.
And in August, she took to social media to explain that she saw a therapist to deal with some “painful experiences” from her teenage years and that the medication was helpful.
While also noting that motherhood and the Covid-19 pandemic have had a negative impact on her mental health.
Mille wrote at the time: “Since the lockdown and motherhood, my anxiety (especially social anxiety) really started to take over, making me consume my thoughts and feel trapped.”
Balance: Talking about her relationship with alcohol in 2016, the star explained to Stellar magazine that she always tries to keep it healthy (2017 photo)
The birth of eldest child Sienna during the lockdown sparked a spiral of postpartum depression for Millie.
Millie previously admitted the birth was “discouraging” but was also forced to give birth solo, with no husband Hugo by her side – due to pandemic restrictions.
For help and support with anxiety, contact Samaritans on 0808 164 0123 or visit a branch
For help, call Pre- and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS) on 0808 1961 776
Family: Millie is married to former Made In Chelsea star Hugo Taylor and the couple are parents to daughters Sienna, two, and Aurelia, nine months)