Lauren Biolsi (@laurengeenaaa) — Probably nature and coffee
Today is World Mental Health Day and will always be a day of reflection for me. I was six years old when I first started exhibiting symptoms of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and it has been a part of my life everyday since. My whole childhood and adolescence I grew up with so much shame about my mental health. I was “crazy” for going to a therapist or “just over reacting” when anxiety prevented me from carrying out daily tasks. I could rant about how society needs to end the stigma, which is does, but today is really about celebrating everyday I have made it through despite having anxiety constantly poking at my thoughts. I’ve made it through periods where I couldn’t fathom what living a “normal” life without constant fear would feel like. I made it through panic attacks while I was traveling alone over seas and a semester of college so riddled with anxiety I sometimes showered three times a day and couldn’t even bare the trip to the dining hall. Today, I can look back on the hardest days I’ve had and be proud of myself for how far I’ve come since then. I wouldn’t be here without the amazing people I’m lucky enough to surround myself with ❤️. Or without Zoloft 💊.