Updated: Jan 12
When we’re struggling with our emotional health it can leave us feeling isolated. We worry what others might think of us if they knew the extent of our distress, the kind of thoughts that are whirring around in our heads, and how we feel consumed by our emotions at times. We might find ourselves shutting down and shutting out family and friends. We stop talking, stop sharing and stop seeking support.
While this might feel like the best way to protect ourselves in the moment, it often results in a deterioration in our mental health in the long term. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Our voice is our power, speaking out has the ability to transform the way we think and feel and inspire others to break their silence and share their story too.
We all know the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’, and the reason its stuck around for so long is because it really is true. Notice that the saying is not ‘a problem shared is a problem solved’, speaking to someone may not directly solve the issues we are experiencing but it absolutely lightens the load in our headspace and creates space for hope to take hold.