When things get to be too much for us, our body takes over. The flight or fight response can only do so much. If we can’t run away and we can’t fight it, eventually the trapped/stuck/stagnant feelings will overwhelm us and our bodies will start to shut down. No matter how much we try, we cannot do everything all the time. Our bodies will say STOP.
Whether it’s fibromyalgia (which I have), or as I like to call it my “fibro monster”, sitting on your shoulder going “nope, you’re done. NOW!” or something different, our bodies have ways of telling us when we need to take care of ourselves.
Sometimes, people have break downs.
It happens, and it happens to the best of people. Before it gets to that point, though, let it out. Don’t sit on your anger, your sorrow, your pain, your frustration, letting it simmer inside you like a pot left on the stove. Do what you need to do. If that’s going into your bedroom, shutting the door and bawling until your cheeks hurt, then please, make time for yourself to do that.
Today, I am telling everyone that it is all right to let out your emotions. If you need a safe place to do so, then find help. It might be your clergy or your therapist or your friends or family members. Maybe it’s just your online journal with the post set to private so no one except you can read it. It doesn’t matter where, or to whom, you let those feelings out as long as it’s done in a safe space and in a safe manner.
Take care of yourself. It’s scary out there, and the world needs you. Really, it does. So let go, before you break down. Don’t feel any negative feelings about your not being strong enough, because you know what, the strongest people I know are the ones who reach out and say, “this is too much and I need help.”