Anxiety is something I first experienced when I was in Year 3. I’m not sure how it started or why it started, it just did. I remember the end of Year 2 and often complaining of feeling sick. But what I, my teachers nor my parents realised is that it was the start of my anxiety. When it came time to go back to school for Year 3, that’s when things became really confusing for me (and everyone around me).
My year in Year 3 was very different. I often refused to even leave the house which meant no one could get me to school. I didn’t really know what was happening in my mind or my body, all I knew was that I wasn’t feeling like ‘me’. But I had a lot of people around me helping. My teachers, school counsellor and family all worked together with me so that together we could better understand what was happening and why. They even helped me keep learning; even though I didn’t come to school. Eventually, with everyone’s help and my mum coming with me, I made it back to school. At first, I only came to school for part of the day with my mum. Then we would go home and finish the rest of our work there. Gradually this increased to us being at school for a full day. Eventually I was able to come to school on my own.
This is just a little bit of time in my life. It doesn’t define me. I have overcome a huge obstacle in my life – anxiety. At the end of Year 5 I stood up in front of a group of students and showed myself that I can do anything by persisting and believing in myself. I spoke to them about my qualities, anxiety included, and why I would make a great House Captain. Through resilience and encouragement and strength, I was able to own my anxiety; it doesn’t own me.
Tayah Glutz is a student at St Gerard Majella School, Woree