Disney Star Skai Jackson Shares Her Best Anxiety Coping Skills

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Skai Jackson, best known for her role on the Disney Channel series "Jessie," is competing in season 29 of "Dancing With the Stars." In an interview with People, the 18-year-old actress said she started experiencing anxiety as a teenager. She shared how participating in "DWTS" has affected her mental health.

During my teen years I just really started to get anxiety. ... The last few years I’ve dealt with it and not knowing how to get through it. It’s been really hard for me. Doing 'Dancing with the Stars' really challenges that.

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Jackson also shared how she copes with anxiety, including:

Having positive interactions on social media: "I feel like talking to [fans] and reading comments or anything to interact with them is the best thing ever and it makes me so happy."

Disconnecting and taking some down time: "If it’s really bad I just need to shut my phone off and sometimes just take a nap and chill because I feel like that's the best time to really relax my brain."

Calling and texting her friends: "My friends know I deal with a lot of things especially anxiety. ... When I feel that anxiety I always call them or text them and they talk me through it."

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