My mental health journey in schools has been quite the roller coaster. I’ve faced many incredible highs and devastating lows, all of which have taught me valuable life lessons on the importance of self-care, resilience, and kindness.
One of my earliest memories was having to switch schools in the middle of third grade when I started to experience depression. I had a hard time adjusting to the new school, as well as facing social anxiety from my peers. It felt like no matter what I tried, nothing could shake off these feelings. I ended up seeing a therapist and taking medication for a period of time which helped me manage my symptoms so that I could feel confident going into middle school.
In middle school, I had some tough moments but was ultimately able to make friends and adapt much better than before. This is when things started to pick up for me; I became more confident with myself and began exploring interests that really resonated with me like art and writing. It felt amazing being connected with something that really sparked joy within me and gave me something entirely positive to focus on amidst the chaos of teenage life.
Towards the end of high school everything got tough again - my anxiety resurfaced despite all that progress made during middle school, making it harder to stay focused on learning or participate in extra-curricular activities fully without feeling immense stress hanging over my head at all times. Despite this challenge though, I persevered through it with support from family members and a few close friends who helped bolster my spirits throughout this difficult period until eventually coming out on top once graduation came around!
Reflecting back on my experience now as an adult, it’s clear how far I have come since then. Although not an easy journey in any sense of the word, maintaining strong relationships with people who care about your wellbeing through thick and thin can truly help you get through any situation life throws your way - no matter how difficult it may seem at first!