As a Portland resident, I grow a little happier each day as the sun slowly stays out a little longer. Summer, it’s starting to seem, is just around the corner. But as I trade my sweats, comfy sweaters, and bulky jackets for crop tops and shorts, I am left feeling more anxious than excited. April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a familiar sense of insecurity as more of my body is on display for all to see and judge.
With the newfound stress of online school, a lack of in-person connection with our friends and fear from the ever-present pandemic that attacks both our physical and emotional wellbeing, it is more important than ever to take care of our mental health. This could mean seeing a therapist. As daunting or unfamiliar a task this may seem to be, I assure you, it can be a simple and incredibly productive thing to do.