FMF31 2018 DAY 22: HELP

I am participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2018 (all of my submissions can be found here).

Today’s prompt is: HELP

Ed. Note: I did today’s prompt by writing my thoughts by hand. I’ve typed them up below. (Full disclosure: I forgot to set my timer, so I’m not really sure if today’s contribution fit within the five-minute framework or not!)

Five Minute Friday Help

There have been countless discussions on social media (and in person) over the months following the deaths by suicide of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain regarding how people should *please* reach out for help if they are feeling desolate, desperate, down, depressed, etc.

It isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I’ve shared a bit during this challenge about the personal, internal tug-of-war that took place as I grappled with an emotionally challenging, rough issue.

The irony? I am most definitely one of those people always encouraging others to seek help.

One big takeaway from the hour I spent with a professional is that, although a big part of my approach to most things interpersonal is “it’s not about me,” when I am hurt and sad about a relationship issue that feels broken and incomplete, my deeper (deepest) inner voice chimes in. It chimes in unpleasantly and brings things way down, playing on repeat the idea that “this must be about you [and whatever is wrong with you]”

We need help sometimes to come to terms with those deep inner voices.

Otherwise, trying to quiet them through avoidance is no help at all.

Five Minute Friday Comfort