Everyday Wisdom #27

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 

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18 responses to “Everyday Wisdom #27

  1. This is so true. It takes understanding and all too often depression it is brushed off as feeling blue, but depression is nothing like having a bit of the blues, nothing at all. It is really good to be able to have someone who understands to talk to, so glad your friend has you who understands.
    *hugs*

  2. I concur. Very loving post. ♥ You are a good friend.

  3. Meg, as a psychotherapist I encounter this situation all the time — folks living in silence about what is going on with them. Ashamed. I am big on speaking out — just as you have said here. Sharing, putting it out there. We are ALL human and suffer with one thing or another — some times for a season in our lives, some times for decades. Silence creates the feeling that we are alone in our suffering. When folks start to share and speak out, they AND others realize they are not alone. This creates, as we know, a sense of connection, it softs and BRIGHTENS the heart. Lisa

    • Lisa, you have put that so beautifully as always! ♥. You really summed up what I was trying to get across in my post. That by sharing we know that we are not alone. And I am open about my struggles because it helps raise awareness.

  4. So true, someone to listen, to understand, to say I know how it feels

  5. Being willing and available to be present to others is one of the greatest gifts we can give to the world. We all need someone to be there and sometimes jut to witness who and where we are. Great post. Thank you Megan.

  6. this was very informative. thank u for sharing

  7. The wisdom in your post reminds me of a talk by Brene Brown. Her message on the power of vulnerability is consistent with your point. By revealing our vulnerability, we can establish connections that help us grow and learn in ways that lead to healing and, ultimately, to wholeness. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s the link for Brene’s talk – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Qm9cGRub0
    Blessings,
    s

  8. I think she needs an ear, give it to her, and let her whisper her worries softly into it.There – there will be relief!Secondly, she needs help with her babies, sometimes untreated baby blues turn into long – term depression, especially when you are busy meeting everyone’s expectations with great difficulty and your own seem to get lost in the middle.We want our kids to be attended to always, our hubbies, extended families, friends!It gets over the head at these stressing times.Whenever you are free, visit her, offer her to babysit her kids, till she sleeps, and then discuss how she feels over tea.PERFECTO!You know i also developed depression during the same stressing times!Take care!:)

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