Fearne Cotton hits the motorway four years after debilitating panic attack (Image: Instagram/fearnecotton, Getty)
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Fearne Cotton was feeling 'chuffed' with herself after she managed to overcome her fear and drive on a motorway for the first time in four years.
The 39-year-old television presenter, who admitted to struggling with panic attacks, revealed that she was a little exhausted but thrilled to be taking the step in the right direction after her first journey on a motorway.
Fearne's empowering message came four years after the mum to two suffered from her first panic attack while driving, leaving her to swear off going on high-speed roads.
However, alongside the support of a pal who joined her for the journey, Fearne has been able to address the triggers and successfully driven on the motorway.
Fearne Cotton was thrilled to have finally driven on the motorway four years after she suffered a panic attack
The mum of two has been very open about struggling with anxiety
In her candid social media post, Fearne opened up about her experience of debilitating panic attacks as well as attempting to push her boundaries to help ease her anxieties.
"I’m feeling very chuffed with myself. I just drove on the motorway for the first time in 4 years," Fearne explained.
"Driving on the motorway has been a panic attack trigger for me as I had my first one whilst on the M4 with my mate Clare four years ago. The AA kindly picked us up and drove us home and I had not been on the motorway since. My panic attacks then started to manifest in other areas of life. Live TV, when travelling and when trying to get to sleep."
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Fearne added: "I’ve put driving on the motorway off and dreaded even trying but today was the day. I was with a friend in case I felt one coming on and managed the whole journey home from my parents. I felt a little wobbly for the first ten minutes but relaxed into it for the remainder of the journey.
"I feel slightly drained now due to the concentration but this is a big step in the right direction. I’m sharing this because I know so many of you have similar triggers and they can feel utterly debilitating," she went on.
"I’m experimenting with pushing my own boundaries so I can get back to doing the things I used to easily. If you have similar stories I’d love to hear them as it’s so encouraging. It’s empowering to know we can break our own boundaries."
Fearne has been receiving lots of support from her husband Jesse
(Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Naturally, the much-loved television star was quickly inundated with supportive messages as friends and fans flocked to share their encouragement.
"Inspired me I’m the same on the motorway well done you xx" penned one fan.
"Amazing job and a very powerful thing to share, thank you," added a second.
Fearne has been very open about struggling with anxiety throughout the last few years as well as seeking alternative therapies to help her.
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She has also credited her loved ones – particularly her husband Jesse Wood – with being her rock as she comes to terms with her mental wellness.
Earlier this year, Fearne also gave fans some useful tips as she spoke about struggling to sleep. She wrote in April: "If you experience anxiety too, don’t compare yourselves to others. It’s easy to do, I know!
"It's easy to imagine everyone else copes just fine but it’s not helpful to use comparison in these moments."
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