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Jenna’s Story of Self Acceptance and Overcoming Anxiety

One turning point was when I realized my worth and began to stop caring so much about what other people thought. When I began to focus on myself and my own improvement, I began to become less anxious.

What have you struggled with? When did it become too much?

I have struggled with anxiety my whole life and it became too much when I began taking harder classes in school as well as extra curricular activities.

What kind of support did you get at first? Did it work?

At first I just looked to my parents for support, but then I began going to a psychologist in order to express my feelings and get help from those who are there to help.

Were there any turning points where things really started to change for the better?

One turning point was when I realized my worth and began to stop caring so much about what other people thought. When I began to focus on myself and my own improvement, I began to become less anxious.

What’s your life like now? What have you been able to accomplish, and what are you working towards?

My life is going pretty smoothly now. I graduated high school and moved on to a prestigious universities where I participate in many mental health and wellness clubs in order to share my story.

What would you say to people who are having a tough time? What’s helped you that you wish you had known earlier

I would tell people that it gets better. Even at your lowest point and when you do not want to hear these words because you do not believe them, you need to keep fighting. Fight for yourself.

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