Don’t be afraid to speak out
Today’s post is dedicated to my dear friend, who revealed to me today the extent of the problem she is facing with depression since the birth of her second child.
I am very open about my struggles with depression and anxiety. And she knew that she could talk to me and I would understand.
I don’t think that can really be overestimated – the importance of being open about our struggles and challenges.
And I don’t mean telling everyone who will stand still long enough.
But more being willing to discuss it, and open, if the topic arises.
Sometimes you may find that people are not interested. Or not comfortable talking about it – or listening to your story.
But sometimes you just might find you can make a difference to someone else.
Someone who is going through the same thing and just needs to talk to someone who understands.
And by talking openly – about matters such as depression and anxiety – it normalizes the experience.
Others know that it is nothing to be ashamed of. That they have not failed in some way. And that they too can get through it.
Talking openly promotes understanding, tolerance and hope ♥
Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.
People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.
~ Judith Guest