Téa Helfrich is a Child Development major at Whittier College where she works as an admissions ambassador. She manages chronic pain and hypermobility by walking, taking frequent breaks, and playing with dogs whenever she can find one. A passionate bullet journal keeper since early high school, she designed a pain tracking system that helped her see her own wellness cycles and self advocate with health care professionals. Téa has used hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, mindfulness, and support groups to help with some of the mental health challenges of living with pain. Learning to manage energy and schedule rest periods between classes and work has been the biggest challenge in the transition to living on campus and away from home. Téa’s other areas of interest include photography, musical theater, and hanging out with friends. 

Téa’s creative healing: bullet journaling, drawing, writing, and watching TV