Former Women’s Health cover star Vogue Williams is a formidable woman by all accounts. Model, DJ and TV presenter are just a few of the roles on her ever-growing CV, while being mum to young son Theodore is top of the list.
To hear how she fits it all in, make sure to catch her and Made-in-Chelsea-alum husband Spencer Matthews as they talk parenting, fitness and more at April’s Women’s Health Live.
Have a scroll of Vogue's social - full of beaming smiles and Insta-friendly family unit - and it's hard to imagine that she's anything but confident. However, Williams is proof that anxiety can attach itself to any of us – celeb or otherwise.
Women's Health Live is only weeks away (3-5 April). Don't miss out on the UK's biggest wellness event.
In her Women’s Health cover interview, Vogue shared she still keeps a stash of the prescription beta-blockers she sought out to manage the physical effects of anxiety a few years ago.
‘I kind of like knowing that I do have a few of them left,’ she admits. ‘If I ever have a really bad day, I can take one of them.’ What constitutes a bad day? ‘When my schedule gets super busy. I almost bring it on myself by stressing myself out, by filling things up too much, by looking at my diary way too far in advance…’
Vogue is consistent when it comes to the workout routine created for her by celebrity PT Dalton Wong. But while exercise is key in her mental health toolkit, lacing up her trainers isn’t always a magical cure.
‘Sometimes, you just have to write some days off, and I know that’s a terrible thing to say, but it’s the truth. I had a day where I was at work and was like, I’ll go for a walk, I’ll do my training and then I’m going to feel much better afterwards. And I didn’t.
‘[Those feelings] just followed me through the whole day,’ she continues. ‘[So] I had a bath and put lavender on my pillow and all that kind of crap [knowing] that it just might not go away…’
It’s this kind of candid acceptance of her anxiety that helps her when it strikes the most. 'Sometimes you have to just be with it…You should still try and go about your day but, like, [accepting that] you’ll have that niggling feeling in your stomach and your heart beating a bit faster.’
What else helps Vogue manage her anxiety?
Cutting back on her alcohol consumption has been a help, she admits. And since Spencer gave up drinking last year, it hasn’t been hard to do.
Nowadays, she’s not teetotal, but an occasional drinker. ‘It’s kind of nice that Spencer doesn’t drink because I prefer to spend my money on tennis lessons,’ say says, before laughing. ‘That’s so sad! I’m a loser!’
Join Vogue Williams at Women's Health Live at the Business Design Centre, London from 3–5 April 2020.
This weekend is hosted by some of the most-inspiring names in health packed with:
- 100 of the leading names in health and wellness
- 3 days of must-see panels, immersive workshops and shopping
- 50+ workouts
Admission to the WH Live festival costs just £20 for an entry ticket, which covers a day-long programme of expert speakers including Jillian Michaels, Kayla Itsines and Alice Liveing.
What’s more, for just £5 per slot, you can book classes like dance cardio with Simone de la Rue and Kayla Itsines' Signature Sweat and panel discussions on topics from bullet journaling to the use of CBD in skincare.
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