Anne Hathaway Says Instagram And Burning Things Helped Her Calm Down

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We all have our methods of letting off steam. Some people drink. Some people listen to music. Some folks meditate. And some people burn things. Or, at least, that's what Anne Hathaway claims to do when she's anxious. But don't worry; she's not starting major fires. Instead, as she admits in a recent profile piece, Anne likes to set a timer, write down her troubles in a book, then immediately rip out the page and literally and symbolically burn her troubles away. It's an unconventional but ultimately beneficial and uplifting method for the famed actress. Oh, and she also likes to use Instagram too.

Set a timer on your phone, have a candle nearby, and write it all down. You spew it all out. You do not read it. The timer goes off, you tear it out of the book, and you light it on fire. Literally on fire. All of this energy, this angst, this rage -- everything is smoke.

The method through which Anne Hathaway relieves her stress came up during a recent conversation with Town & Country, where the Academy Award-winning actress was promoting her newest film, Serenity, a new thriller-drama which also stars fellow Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. It is a busy time for Hathaway, as she keeping herself busy as an actress while also mothering her toddler, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman. That can add up to a lot of stress for the celebrity, understandably, but she thinks her fire-making method is a good way to keep herself in check and everything on her terms.

Even as a famous celebrity, it can be hard to control the day-to-day struggles through which one needs to persevere to make it to the other end. We all have different ways of getting through the hassles and difficulties which plague us, and Anne Hathaway has her own methods of getting by. Sure, it involves fire sometimes, but it can also involve a popular social media site as well. As Hathaway admits, it helps her control her image and her voice.

Having the ability to do something on my own terms has been good for me. It has allowed me to calm down and communicate in a way that's more clear.

Everyone has their own individual means through which they are able to find their zen and keep their stress and anxieties at bay. For Anne Hathaway, she likes to write down her troubles in quick fashion, burn the page upon which they were scribed and put into flames the pains that burn inside her. It's an unusual way of getting rid of your anxiety, but it's one that appears to be working well for her -- as well as Instagram, of course.

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Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.