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Happy times around the corner | Staff Columnists

Have you ever stopped and remember when you were little and thought you were invincible to everything and everyone around you?

I remember thinking that I was the strongest person in the world and no one could take that away from me.

I wasn’t afraid to fail or fit in. My biggest worry was whether the boogie man would come out of my closet or under my bed to grab me.

As I get older, I see and feel the things around me differently. I learned that life can be scary in more ways than one through tests, jobs, and more.

Jackie Ruiz Rodriguez

Dwelling on this fear can make it bigger and bigger until you feel like you are losing control. Being afraid to do something can make people feel like they’ve lost motivation or aren’t good enough.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) states that about 7% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 experience anxiety problems and develop symptoms before the age of 21.

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Many people don’t know how to deal with their anxious feelings and don’t get the help they need.

I know there are times when I get anxious and feel like the world is about to end. I think it’s important to learn to know your fear and how to accept it.

Having people who can be there for you can really make a difference. My mother always told me to breathe deeply and have a little more confidence in myself.

Having confidence in yourself can help you tremendously by giving you the respect you deserve. It can help you develop your strengths, set reasonable goals, and gain confidence.

To be motivated, I think you have to be able to appreciate the subject you are learning or the hobby you are practicing.

Without pleasure, once-simple tasks can become tedious, stressful, and difficult to complete.

Insisting on the things we can’t control makes it hard to enjoy the things we do.

Having a positive attitude isn’t always easy, especially when you can’t find the things that interest you, but trying to find the bright side of difficult tasks is a good place to start.

I took my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) test a few weeks ago and I remember shaking in my shoes and not being able to hold my pencil still.

I failed the skills part of my test the first time, but decided to try again. I was still nervous the second time around, but decided I needed to be calm and relaxed in order to pass.

I held my breath after every skill I completed, but ended up succeeding. Without that feeling of anxiety, I don’t think I could have overcome my fear and done what I had to do.

Fear can be good in some ways by helping us prepare for events that are important to us, but we can’t let that fear get too bad.

Breathing deeply and playing with a fidgety toy can be very helpful when you’re feeling nervous. What always helps me is spending time outdoors or in a different environment than the one I’m always in.

Getting away from where you feel trapped can help you feel less nervous and can give you a chance to breathe in peace.

Things like listening to music or hanging out with friends can also help lift your mood and distract you from the task at hand.

I don’t think we can avoid fear, especially if it’s something you have to go through, but stepping back and telling yourself you can do it can help with motivation and overall happiness.

We all deserve to enjoy the things we do because without pleasure, life is dull and boring. We need to make sure we take care of ourselves and our mental health before worrying about the things we can’t control.

Life isn’t always easy, but sometimes you just have to tell yourself that it won’t always be difficult. There will be hard times but there will also be happier times just around the corner waiting for you to find them.

Jackie Ruiz-Rodriguez is a junior at Grand Island Senior High.