We were having a very interesting discussion in my Emotional Autoimmunity Recovery Support group on Facebook today and it really struck a chord with a whole lot of people.
( P.S.The group is for a safe space for anyone living with chronic illness who wants to talk about all of the emotional challenges it brings.
You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earec/ )
When it comes to talking about what is bothering you or making you feel sad or frustrated or hopeless, so many people don’t share for fear of being seen as “a whiny baby.”
What is even worse is that so many people have actually been told that they are being “whiny babies” or “acting like victims” or “always complaining.”
Which means that so many people don’t seek support or validation or understanding from those close to them, for fear of being judged or labeled.
Which is also why it is professionals like myself, who are very often the first to hear and really validate all of the things that you may have been struggling with for years, if not decades.
But there are other barriers to sharing how you feel that also get in the way.
Let’s go through them one by one: