If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey toward better mental health, it’s that when I am feeling bad, depressed, lonely, sad, angry or whatever my mood, saying those words–out loud–can truly help take away some of their power over me.
Whether that means talking to a friend on the phone, or in an email, or in a private Facebook group, or in a blog post, or even as a tweet, putting those feelings into words and putting them out into the world really does help. I’m serous. Most of the time I don’t even need a reply. It just makes me feel better to vent and know that someone is listening.
Are you struggling, today–right now–try saying the words out loud. Even if its just in your own living room. Even if its just a random tweet into the world or a comment on this blog post. I think you might find it will help you feel just a bit better.
If you are truly in pain and feel like you can’t go on. Like life is not worth living. Like you don’t see a future. Please take this opportunity to reach out. You can call the Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or if you’re international, there are resources at Befrienders.org. I’ve also compiled a list of resources for those who are struggling here.
But often, just by reaching out and saying the words will help. Try it. I’m here to listen.