Or in other words just say NO. If doing something is going to exceed your ability to cope, then say no. If the task is unavoidable, reach out for help and explain to others why you need their help. I have never had someone do this with me and felt anything other than compassion for the struggle they were facing.
Sometimes we try to bottle it all up to attempt to exemplify the whole "stiff upper lip" behavior. Doing this is a bad idea. Every one of us will have situations where we desperately need help and trying to hide it hurts us. It really does.
A few months ago during a chance meeting at a local park, I had a heart to
heart with a woman who was struggling with postpartum depression. She hadn't
even been diagnosed. She actually hadn't even yet admitted to anyone how bad she
felt, but that day she hit her own personal rock bottom.
I was grateful to be there. Together we cried and I shared with her that what she was feeling happens to so many of us. She was not alone, and taking the first and most scary step of talking about it was huge.
And on that note, let's talk about kindness
After that experience with the mother at the park, I was reminded of the fact that you never know the battle another person is waging. So be kind, because someday it might be you on the receiving end of a kindness that feels like a lifeline.
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