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This is such an important topic but one that took me a long time to figure out. There are times in my life that I’ve suffered with severe anxiety. Little did I know what anxiety really was, and even more so I didn’t know how to protect myself when I was feeling it. What I did learn during that time is that the only thing that gave me relief from the anxiety was removing the cause from my life. I still feel aspects of it when a specific person or situation presents itself, but I know more now how to separate myself from that situation. I’ve also learned that I’m an highly sensitive person, and being in these situations made me feel more than my body was capable of handling at one time.

Since then one very important thing that I’ve learned is that I need to protect myself and my own mental health. If I feel threatened, silenced, belittled, or when my voice is not heard, I have a very difficult time connecting to myself, so what I need to do is separate myself from what is causing the stress. More recently, I’ve learned the importance in the positive influences and how I can prioritize those while separating the negative with boundaries.

Let’s be honest, people will treat you how you let them treat you. Even though I’ve heard some people may think that I’m cold, harsh, or difficult to get to know, this is probably because I’ve had