2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Candidly Talks Managing Anxiety

The wellness leader opened up to her TikTok followers about mental health.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

When it comes to handling anxiety, different practices and tactics work for different people. Wellness leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg opened up in a recent TikTok about her own journey in the hopes of helping others.

The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie admitted that even after years of practice, she woke up feeling anxious. She then shared how she works to cope with her anxiety when it presents itself.

“I just sat in a 15-minute meditation, and the difference that I feel before and after is life-changing,” Wood-Tepperberg told her followers. “It doesn’t cure [anxiety], but it does help minimize it, keep it at bay and it just reminds me that the more I can shift this relationship with these anxious feelings, stop judging them, be so kind and gentle with them, I know it’s all going to be O.K.”

The certified yoga and Pilates instructor has built a brand around physical and emotional fitness. Her app, MWH, aims to make health and wellness content attainable and accessible for all.

“What a great message,” one of Wood-Tepperberg’s 95,200 TikTok followers wrote in the comments. “So relatable.”

“This was me yesterday, it’s wild how quickly judgement can kick in. TM is a lifesaver ❤️,” another person noted.

“Amen 🙏,” someone else proclaimed. “I woke up the same way and then did the 16 min walking meditation and feel the shift 💙🙌.”

Meet Melissa Wood-Tepperberg—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie’s full feature profile here.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.