Have you ever tripped, bumped into a hard surface, or done something else that left you throbbing with pain only to insist seconds later that you were okay? Did you ever act like moving was easy when it was the hardest thing you could do?
How many times have you heard a response to “how are you?” that didn’t include the words good or great? We have a tendency to insist things are dandy—even when they may not be.
No one wants to be labeled a Negative Nancy or a Pessimistic Peter, but constantly insisting that things are wonderful when in reality they aren’t has its own drawbacks. It’s challenging to find the energy to fix a problem when you are spending so much time and energy convincing the world that you’re doing great.
I realize that it isn’t appropriate in polite society to unload your burdens onto colleagues or acquaintances. However, hopefully you have at least one person in your life that you can be truly honest with. Maybe it’s a friend, family member, coach, trainer, or therapist. If you are lucky enough to have one of those people, don’t be afraid to ask them for help. It’s okay to acknowledge that you’re not okay, because acknowledging the problem is the first step to overcoming it.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a safe and healthy week.