How to cope with a panic attack after Jesy Nelson is left unable to perform with Little Mix

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Earlier this week, while performing on BBC Radio One's Live Lounge, Little Mix star Jesy Nelson had a panic attack.

The 29 year old was seen holding her hands up to show her bandmates that she was shaking, as they performed for the first time after lockdown on Tuesday, 15 September.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock then began gesturing at Jesy to calm down, before Jade Thirlwall left her position on stage to walk over to Jesy and hold her arms as she spoke to her.

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Jesy’s other band member Perrie Edwards, then left her spot on stage to walk across to speak to Jesy.

Little Mix fans were left concerned by the incident and when cameras airing the band’s performance were turned off.

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Although Jesy later returned to finish the set she was not there for part of it and has since opened up on Instagram to explain that she had in fact had a panic attack.

The star shared a performance of the group during rehearsals, writing: "So my nerves got the better of me today and I had panic attack right before we were about to sing this for Live Lounge today.”

But if you have a panic attack, what are you supposed to do?

Well the NHS has some helpful advice on things you can try next time you feel a panic attack coming on.

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They suggest:

  • Do not try to fight the oncoming panic attack
  • If it is possible for you to do so, try to stay in the same place
  • Concentrate on breathing slowly and deeply
  • Keep reminding yourself that the panic attack is only temporary and it will pass
  • Focus on peaceful, positive or relaxing images
  • Tell yourself that it is not life threatening
    Exercising regularly and learning breathing techniques can help with anxiety (Image: Getty)

As for preventing a further attack, the NHS have some more advice on what you can do.

They suggest:

  • Reading a self-help book that is set out to assist those with anxiety and is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Why not try complementary therapies such as massage and aromatherapy, or even try yoga and pilates that can help you to relax
  • Learn and practise breathing techniques
  • Exercise regularly as it will help to relieve stress
  • Follow a healthy diet and try to stop smoking

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