August Scaries

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I’ve always felt a pit in my stomach on Sunday afternoons, but only within the last few years did I learn that this is common. In fact, the term “Sunday Scaries” is pretty popular amongst most of my friends. This term refers to the feeling of anxiety due to the upcoming work week (or school week). That same feeling of anxiety worsens substantially for me each year when August hits. I like to call this the “August Scaries.” Continue reading August Scaries

School Post-Quarantine

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So far going back to school has been a stressful wreck. The changes make me realize how much I need to appreciate the things I have while I have it. A couple of the changes at school make me sad and feel like I am missing out. Continue reading School Post-Quarantine

My Experiences with Travel Anxiety

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According to Calm Clinic, a mental health information site, travel anxiety varies greatly in causes and its impacts on people. In an article on travel anxiety, the website states that, “Many people have travel anxiety their entire lives. Others may develop the anxiety because of past experiences relating to travel which were anxiety provoking; and some seem to have travel anxiety for no apparent reason at all.” During high school, my travel anxiety was pretty severe. By now, the summer after my third year of college, I’ve largely been able to overcome my travel anxiety. While I did visit a therapist during high school, and some of college, we spent more time talking about other facets of my mental health journey, like bullying and grief, so I have not analyzed my travel-related anxiety with a therapist. Continue reading My Experiences with Travel Anxiety

A Letter from My Future Self

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One of the biggest obstacles in my mental health journey has been dealing with overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame that can cause me to spiral into depression. I find it very difficult to look back at my life and not focus on the times that I have made the wrong decision or failed at something important. I get stuck in thoughts of what I “should” or “could” have done to avoid making mistakes, even though I cannot change the past. Rumination over these perceived failures from my past has caused me a great deal of emotional pain in the present, and I sometimes feel like I cannot stop going over these events in my head Continue reading A Letter from My Future Self

Making Decisions and Taking Action

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I am in no way a business person, so when my close friends and family began to tell me that I should start selling my art, I felt less than capable to be able to sell my own products. To me, the idea of selling what I create provided anxiety about whether people would like it, whether they would think I was ridiculous, and whether people would actually buy things. The idea of selling what I create also brought me a lot of joy to think I could share what I love making, I could make people happy, and earn money while doing so. It felt like an opportunity that I did not know the outcome to. Continue reading Making Decisions and Taking Action

Physical Distancing and Social Obstacles

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At the beginning of the stay-at-home orders, I heard someone say “it’s not social distancing, it’s just physical distancing”. At the time, I thought that was a great way to put it. In the age of the Internet and social media, it’s almost the best time for everyone to connect from our homes. Continue reading Physical Distancing and Social Obstacles

Back to Journaling

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I have had a complicated relationship with journaling all my life. Starting in elementary school and through early middle school, I was a pretty consistent journaler. I filled two journals within a few years, and wrote about once a week. The entries were hilarious to read back on; mostly they were just gushing over a boy I had a crush on or outlining what I did with my friend that day.  Continue reading Back to Journaling

Intimacy and Anxiety

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The blog post includes a discussion containing sexual themes and mentions of consent. You may find this irrelevant for your child, but we wanted to present an ambassador’s realistic experience with mental health and intimacy.


I want to start off this post by highlighting the importance of consent. If you do not want to engage in physical intimacy, that is okay. Your body, your choice.  Continue reading Intimacy and Anxiety

How to Deal with Financial Stress

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Now more than ever, I notice that many people, regardless of age and background run into stress – more so financial stress. Even before the pandemic, financial hardships can be found everywhere, and this is showing more than ever how we can change our ways to not have financial worries Continue reading How to Deal with Financial Stress

Leaving Therapy

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I’ve seen a therapist on and off for three years. As a college student, my campus provides free counseling for students by future therapists getting their hours. Since my freshman year (3 years ago) I have seen 4 different counselors.

To describe why I took the walk across campus to make my first appointment at the counseling center at the beginning of college, I couldn’t really explain it. I just had a feeling I should go. Only during the sessions did I realize why (traumatic life experiences I might go into more detail about in a future blog post). Looking back, I am really happy I took the time to go, even though I didn’t have a clear reason pushing me into the office. Continue reading Leaving Therapy