Moving into my first apartment was more stressful than I thought it would be. I kept thinking back to my college years. Back then, I didn’t know how to address my mental health problems; isolating myself didn’t help. I was worried that, in my new home, I would fall back into old patterns.
Closer to the move, I realized that it had been two years since graduation and that I’m a different person now. I still face challenges from time to time, but I can cope. I know how to anticipate my pain, what to do with it and who to ask for help.