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Find Your Happy Place

There's a point in time, when you don't feel good about yourself. It doesn't have to be anything physical or work-related, you just know that something's wrong. You like your classes, enjoy spending time with friends, study and work, but you just don't feel happy or satisified (to say the least). And you probably hear from family and friends that it is temporary, that it will go away, but time and time again, it hits you when you don't even expect it. If you haven't gotten my message yet, I'm referring to mental health issues. Yep, that's right, those issues!

I, personally, haven't experienced any signs of severe anxiety or depression, but there are moments when I feel tired all the time. This fatigue drains you from the inside, making you want to sleep all the time and making you very unhappy. And it's not like I don't exercise or eat properly, but it happens and I don't know what to do about it. So my best advice for you reader would be to do something about it. Go ahead and find your own happy place, where no one can disturb you or affect your feelings! I know it might sound vague and stupid, but who knows you better than yourself? If you feel like singing in your room at 3 am in the morning - do it, if you want to get a new pair of shoes, but are scared of spending money - still do it, if you need someone to listen to you - find that person and share your story! The University of Minnesota has tons of resources, but what's the point if you don't even use them? What I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't wait for someone to come help you, on the opposite, be the person to help your own self and feel better!

Everyone needs that sort of happy place, where they feel welcomed, comfortable and can really be their true selves. For me, that happy place is going to concerts. And I don't care if they're expensive and might take a lot of my time, I need to go to them in order to lose tension and distress, to forget about the world and focus on myself for a night. Last week, on Oct 16th I went to the Imagine Dragons Concert, and I didn't realize I needed that therapy until I got there! And I'm so glad I did, because the previous week I was feeling down and I needed to boost up my energy again. So, dear reader, please take care of yourself and make sure you are feeling happy.

I know that a lot of people can relate to this because we live in a small world, where people are facing similar problems and need to speak up about them. Please, if you are alone and are experiencing similar problems, get help! Share your experiences with the people you trust and believe in yourself. Mental health shouldn't stop you from being successful or being happy. Everyone deserves a happy place and it's time for you to find it.