When you spend time on social media, it’s possible to gain the impression that everyone but you is living the perfect life. However, most people are sharing only the good stuff.

And that’s okay. Social media isn’t necessarily the best place to share challenges unless all of your connections are loving and supportive.

But you need to know that all you’re seeing is the good stuff. Otherwise, you start feeling broken just because you’re experiencing perfectly normal life events and feelings.

Everybody needs somebody sometimes.

When you’re going through challenging situations, be it the loss of a job, family member, significant other, your health, etc., it’s important to have trustworthy people you can talk with.

Sometimes those conversations feel awkward or difficult to start, but they’re important to your mental health. The person you’re sharing with may not have answers for you, but simply by listening, they’re helping. And by talking to them, they often feel a closer and deeper bond with you.

The hardest part can simply be starting the conversation. There is no “right” way to do it. Make time to get together with family or friends and just start talking.

The past might be behind you, but it can still hurt.

It’s true that talking about the past won’t change what happened. It might cause sadness and even some pain.

However, it’s also true that talking about the past can help you heal and bring positive changes to your present and future. Bottling things up, burying them, and trying to run away or forget the past simply can’t do that for you.

It’s good for your mental health to talk about your challenges with supportive people.

Yes, I said mental health.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. It might need different forms of nourishment, exercise, and care to what you give your body, but it still needs them.

So, next time you’re feeling like the rest of the world knows something you don’t, get together with some friends or family and talk. You’re not as alone as you might think you are.

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