BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Sophie

BEING Young & Twenty Submission

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Sophie Livingston
Age • 27

“I had a breakdown that kept me off work for months. I lost friends, confidence, and respect. Things have never been the same.”

I’m 27 and for 4 of years, I’ve been dealing with anxiety and depression.

My early 20s were spent working too hard and playing even harder. I eventually burned out completely. I had a breakdown that kept me off work for months. I lost friends, confidence, and respect. Things have never been the same.

BEING Young & Twenty has meant having strength in the face of despair.

I put immense pressure on myself and constantly compare myself to others.

I worry that time is running out and I haven’t achieved enough.

I feel shame for not having lived up to the expectations people had of me.

I try to have a positive outlook.

I take time alone whenever I can to recharge.

I use my creativity to give me something to focus on. I’m lucky to have a supportive, loving family and an understanding boyfriend who have stood by me no matter what.

I’ve had days, even weeks, where life didn’t feel worth living but, I’m learning to remember that I always overcome those feelings and begin to enjoy life again.

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