It's my birthday but not really my birthday which got me to reflecting... About 5 months ago I started dealing with panic attacks and anxiety for the first time since I was a kid. I'm not super into posting publicly about my private life, but I believe in this case, it can help in its own small way to destigmatize mental health issues. I run two successful companies, finished my thesis from a challenging program this past year, and all in all most people would assume I've got my shit together. But it has taken consistent intentional acts of self care to begin to feel real progress. Months of CBT, reaching out to my friends and vocalizing that I need them as a support system, and being honest to myself about the habits and decisions in my life that have not been serving me. Basically, I'm feeling better than I have in a long time but I'm also more aware of how fragile the mind can be when it's up against anxiety, depression, etc... It's a daily fight and the hardest part for most people is opening up about their challenges. So all that being said, thank you to my friends and family that that have supported me. Thank you to @fahshion for turning me on to @mentalhealthleague and thanks to them for welcoming me to the Anxietees team! They are a great resource for support and I hope if others are out there feeling alone with their mental health, know that there are people out there who care! Oh also thanks @megancmack for the 📸. Ok, gonna go back now to searching IG for photos of cute animals eating fruit.

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