Janice C

Janice C

I discovered I had anxiety in my late 20’s. I was going through a tough time in my life with work and relationships and I would find myself having anxiety attacks throughout the day. My hands would start shaking, my heart would be beating rapidly out of my chest, and I’d be on the verge of breaking down in tears. I was lucky to have coworkers who walked me through these anxiety attacks and eventually I had the courage to seek help. 
There are many levels of anxiety and sometimes the smallest thing can trigger it. There are times when you get anxiety without even understanding why you have it. I think it is important for people to understand that it’s ok to have anxiety, it’s ok to have breakdowns, and it’s ok to feel insecure. There will be days when you want to push people away but I have found that it helps to talk about it and find a support system. I am lucky to have an amazing support system – my parents and my boyfriend always know how to bring me back up when I am down. I am very grateful for what I have in life and I know not everyone is that lucky. I want to be able to help those who need a support system and guidance through their anxiety.

I am not ashamed that I have anxiety. Many people battle anxiety just like me and it is important to be open about this because chances are you can help someone else. Having anxiety does not mean you are crazy or make you any different – you are just as much of a beautiful human as everyone else." Janice and Calvin repping #TeamAnxietees hats #MHLGameFace

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