The last month has been incredibly difficult in our family and often I would find myself withdrawing from the supports I have around me as I tried to cope with the unrelenting stress. It’s my nature to retreat inside myself and just “handle” things and not reach out for love from those around me. It then becomes easy to fall into the trap of believing that I have no support.
To try and break myself of this pattern, I’ve been consciously reaching out to my friends and sharing what’s happening for me. It feels so good to have someone there to just listen as I unleash all the stress and pain that I’ve been coping with. And you know what, it actually makes me feel like I’m stronger and better able to cope with what’s still to come.
I would encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out for help. Many of my supports come from groups that I belong to online and those supports are just as beneficial.