“Don’t cover up your pain to make other people more comfortable.” Rachel Hollis
Sharing our vulnerabilities and experiences builds trust and connection with others.
Oftentimes though we choose instead to mask our emotions simply because it’s how we were raised or perhaps someone close to you has reinforced the idea in you that we should cover up our pain or maybe it’s because we have a fear of being judged or we want to avoid getting hurt further or that we are afraid we will look weak or that it could potentially trigger negative and uncomfortable reactions from others.
As many of you already know, today (in Canada) it is the 12th Annual “Bell Lets Talk Day” (January 26th, 2022). This year’s theme is focused on encouraging everyone (both in Canada and around the world) to “keep listening, keep talking and keep being there for ourselves and each other”, even when it’s hard.
Don’t deny your experience or pain for fear of getting hurt. Keep being there. Keep validating others feelings. Keep making connections and opening up important conversations. Keep educating others. Keep sharing your truth no matter how uncomfortable it may feel.
I am hoping that everyone will take a few moments today to join in on the conversation. By doing so Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day videos, or simply by adding the Bell Lets Talk frame to your profile picture on Facebook.
I learned a long time ago just how important it is to share my vulnerabilities and experiences in order to build trust and connection with others. It’s not always easy but you are not alone.
I will no longer hide my pain and I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
Lets all keep talking today and every day and help create a future where everyone is comfortable talking about their own mental health or being there for others.
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