Q:

I am hesitant to ask for help in person for my anxiety that I am usually good at ignoring boiling up at random moments. I am a senior almost about to graduate from high school and AP exams are coming soon. I also can’t afford to ditch the rest of my classes. Please help! What should I do?
-An Anxious Apple

 

A:

Hello, Anxious Apple!

 

One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life came from a professor when I was in graduate school. It was a tough time, close to graduation and I was completely overwhelmed. I needed an extension on my final project and did not want to appear weak. She told me that in order to be a great social worker one day, I HAD to learn how to ask for help. I have found my greatest successes when I utilize the resources around me. So, great job reaching out!

 

Take a minute to think about owning a nice car. Random, right? What goes in to maintaining this vehicle? In order to have it function at its best, you must get regular oil changes, put gas, wash it, drive it with care, pay the insurance etc. What would happen if you only took it to the shop when it broke down, or caught on fire? It would be much more expensive to fix and you’d run the risk of it being irreparable. We are much the same and if we only ask for help when we’ve hit our boiling points, it’s much more difficult to get things back on track.

 

Take the end of the school year one day at a time. Ask for help from teachers, friends and/or family. Just do your very best and things will work out, one way or another. If you feel like the anxiety is just too much to bear, please shoot me a School loop message and we can set up a time to chat.

 

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