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We asked our members and followers: If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self in middle or high school?

Here is a collection of inspiring answers from our community.

“I would tell myself the truth. That I need to stop putting myself and my needs second. Because that will only cause me to forget to take care of myself. Because that will only cause me to forget to take care of myself. That it will cause me to be sleep-deprived. Deprived of food and self-care. If I could, I would teach my younger self the importance of self-care and boundaries. I would tell myself to stay alive because things will only get better.” —Miya, Sacramento

“Your life is valuable and has worth. You are stronger than you know and will do amazing things in your life. Facing your fears will be so worth it!!!” —Alicia, Riverside

“NAMI is worth looking into. The things they will help you with will help you build up to a better, happier, healthier life. I found my best life because of NAMI.” —Doug, Sacramento

“Don’t care what other people have to say.” —Emma, Chula Vista

“The people that reject you are not worth your time and energy…. There are many people waiting in line to be your friends in the future that really care and are patient.” — Laurie, Westside Los Angeles

“Don’t worry about what other people think.” —joanna8680 on Instagram
One day at a time and always reach for the rainbow 🌈!!!!!! And treat others as you would like to be treated. —@tracicanter on Instagram

“To pay close attention to my mental health. To get care and professional help asap in order to help prevent the mental breakdown that occurs.” —Mathew, Lincoln

“Be your true authentic self no matter what.” —breehughes26 on Instagram

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