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On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.

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Welcome to Tales That Tethr, a series written by and for the tethr community. If you’d like to share your own story of strength and support, click here. Today we’re honored to share Alvaro’s story. 

When I look back on my mental health and wellbeing journey, the moment that stands out is when I got to do an oral presentation, and I started having anxiety symptoms. Looking back on that time, I would tell my younger self not to care about what other people think of you, think about what you think about yourself.

My family supported me very well. They told me they were with me. The best advice I ever received was to always believe in myself, even when I don’t, pretend it. 

If I could choose something to change about my journey, I wouldn’t want to have anxiety, but it taught me a lot about myself. What helped me was meditation and singing, that always helps me. I always sing to get out of stressful or anxious times.

I’m still working on supporting others to overcome similar obstacles, it’s not easy. I’m used to telling the story, not to giving advice, because I don’t think I can. I don’t feel qualified to do that. But with tethr, I’m really trying to improve that.

My personal definition of peer support is to give advice and help others when they need you. It’s all about being there for each other. I will have to say that tethr basically changed my life. I’ve been having lots of eye opening relationships there, that I wouldn’t know I could have in my entire life. It’s been great to meet so many people going through the same things. Sometimes I feel lonely in this world, and to know there’s an app that has the ability to connect people on that level, is just insane to me.

To me, tethrs orange circle mainly means that people comprehend me and are with me. I feel understood, I feel heard, I feel safe.

Alvaro joined tethr on January 1 this year. Welcome Alvaro! 

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