Lana Condor’s Easy Mindfulness Trick Can Calm Your Anxiety in Minutes

Actress Lana Condor is one of the most popular young performers of the past several years. With several hit projects on her resume, including the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and the hit film X-Men: Apocalypse, Condor has a bright future ahead of her in the entertainment business. Although Condor is a charming, famous actress, she also experiences struggles from time to time. Recently, Condor opened up about her battle with anxiety and offered some tips for ways to help manage anxiety and stress. 

How did Lana Condor become famous?

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Lana Condor has had an unconventional upbringing – especially compared to some other actresses in Hollywood. Condor was born in Vietnam and adopted by an American family in 1997. After her adoption, Condor was raised in Chicago, although she and her family traveled a great deal. As a young child, Condor developed a deep affection for dancing. She took ballet lessons and trained with several classical ballet companies, including the Joffrey Ballet.

In conjunction with her dance training, Condor started studying acting and trained in improvisational theatre with the world-famous Groundlings troupe. Condor enjoyed an extensive education as a young woman, ultimately graduating from the Notre Dame Academy in New York City in 2015. Not long after her graduation, Condor scored her first big role, as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocolypse

What is Lana Condor best known for?

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Over the next several years, Condor appeared in several different films, including Patriots Day and High School Lover, opposite James Franco. She experienced her big break in 2018, with the release of the hugely popular Netflix film, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. She received critical acclaim for her work in the series and was even nominated for a Teen Choice Award. Condor reprised her role in the 2020 sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, and will also be appearing in the third film in the series, set to be released soon.

Although Condor’s most popular work by far has been the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, she has lent her talents to a variety of other movies as well, including Deadly Class, Alita: Battle Angel, and Summer Night. Condor has also done some television work as well, doing voiceovers for TV shows like Bojack Horseman. Within the next several years, Condor is poised to become an even bigger star and has been cast in upcoming projects like the comedy Girls Night

Lana Condor struggles with anxiety

While it might seem like movie and TV stars live truly incredible lives, they struggle with many of the same problems as most ordinary people. Lana Condor is no exception and has admitted to struggling with acute anxiety. Recently, she appeared on an episode of a YouTube series called Hi, Anxiety, and chatted about her battle with anxiety over the years. Condor admitted that for her, anxiety manifests through very rushed thoughts and that they can often be difficult to control.

Still, there are a few things that she does to manage her anxiety, including a mindfulness exercise. Condor recommends sitting in a quiet room and “finding a box or rectangle.” Then, Condor breathes in while tracing her finger across the box, letting out her breath when tracing her finger horizontally. Finally, by the time she has completed tracing the box, her breathing will have stabilized and she will be in a calm, content place. For those who, like Condor, struggle with anxiety, there are a wide variety of mindfulness exercises available online for no charge – many of these exercises can help to balance heart rate, control breathing, and help to manage the physical and mental symptoms that acute anxiety can cause.