Tricia Gosingtian Talked About Her Experience with Anxiety

And a lot of us found it relatable!
IMAGE Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada | instagram.com/tgosingtian

Mental health issues are rarely discussed in public platforms so when life, style, and travel blogger Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada posted a series of tweets about her personal experience in dealing with anxiety, a lot of people reached out to her and shared either words of encouragement or how they found her post relatable.

Tricia was doing IG Live when someone mentioned K-Pop group WINNER wherein her bias is Taehyun, who unfortunately left the group stating anxiety as the reason. She said she totally got his reason, thus the beginning of what she calls her "ramblings."

She first shared that reaching out to other people made her anxious.

"Life is a lesson about communication and it's hard to live properly if you can't bring yourself to reach out to anyone (a.k.a. super introverted, overly anxious me)"

Then she talked about the reason behind it. "Crazy trust issues after I caught an old 'friend' doing all sorts of backstabbing. A long time ago but I'm still scared to make new friends.


"And I kind of hate myself for still being afraid to reach out to anyone, you know? If anything, it's really a battle versus my own mind."

At one point, she said her anxiety made her decline or say no to a lot of things. "Recently I learned that Zayn also opened up about his anxiety. I've said NO to a lot of things because of the THOUGHT of mini panic attacks."

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And she even replied to a follower who said she sometimes gets a headache because of anxiety, saying, "same—I have acid reflux from too much mental stress + I've had episodes where I also vomit in high-stress anxiety-inducing situations."

And like the lovely person that she is, she also posted about how having anxiety has helped her in some way.

"Being overly anxious also has its perks, somehow. I'm like hyper-aware about everything, which can also be good. I need to snap out of this."


After 24 hours since her last tweet, people are still talking about her post. She got so many comments and private messages about other people's personal stories that she decided to answer the most asked question: how she decided to work in an industry that requires her to share, to be visible, etc. Read her answer below.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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