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Emma Watson's remedy for overcoming anxiety from a breakup

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Most of us turn to our group of friends, a tub of ice-cream or box sets to find ourselves again during a period of heartbreak.

But Emma Watson says she found solace in a silent retreat just before she split from Oxford University student and rugby-player Matthew Janney late last year.

In an interview with British Vogue, the 25-year-old says, “I felt really uncomfortable. Even before my relationship ended, I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.”

It's reported she travelled to a private facility in Canada's Rocky Mountains and took a week-long vow of silence.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that silence is in fact a healthier and less mentally draining way to tackle aversive situations. 

Matt Janney (right) playing for Oxford University's rugby team in December 2014

Matt Janney (right) playing for Oxford University's rugby team in December 2014

But while Watson described the breakup as “horrendous” she said her past boyfriends “have generally made me feel really cherished”.

“They've built me up,” she added. “I certainly haven't found that with doing all that I do or being all that I am, that I've struggled in my love life.”

The Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women has been at the forefront of recent discussions on gender equality. This week the star released a video where she discusses the gender pay gap, maternity and paternity leave and other issues concerning women in fashion with designers Stella McCartney, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem Moralioglu and Bella Freud. Watch it below.

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