Shame on our shame-driven culture.

So many of us live with #shame and are not aware of it. Why?

We live in a culture of shame – shame about expressing emotion, shame about having absent parents, shame about coming from a poor family.

Why? Are we born this way? No. We are taught this. And if you don’t grow up with caregivers who help you process your emotions or even acknowledge them, then you are likely an adult who’s emotions are erratic and seemingly uncontrollable.

This is one reason why it’s so important to reach out. You don’t need to have a degree in psychology to sense that something is wrong.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, lonely, confused, excessively tired…reach out!

These are not feelings anyone should be carrying alone! There are resources and support out there for you. It sucks that, on top of feeling like 💩, you have to be proactive and find help for yourself, but it will be soooo helpful in the long run.

Start getting to know your internal world now. It’s worth it. Take it from an adult whose #depression and #anxiety went untreated and unrecognized.

As someone who knows what it’s like to be a teen struggling through school and life with #suicidalthoughts and who grew up feeling like no one cared about me —even my family— know this – I CARE ABOUT YOU.

We don’t need to know one another to care. That’s part of being human. #compassionate #humane ✨

From one human to another, please seek support. You deserve support.

Not everyone has parents who teach them to feel valued, worthy or important and that really sucks, but know that you are. You absolutely are and this world needs you. 🌈

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or just needs someone to talk to, who will listen without judgement, there are a number of lifelines out there. Like @crisistextline text: 741-741 or search crisis lines in your area.

If you’ve used a crisis line that helped you, please share the contact info in comments. 💖 You never know who you might help just by sharing what’s helped you get through tough times.

Sharing is #caring. And shame is shitty!


 

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