Is opening up a good idea?
Opening up about feelings and feeling guilty about it, it is much more common than you think.
We are so used to thinking that it is “bad” to open up to someone as we are not comfortable showing our fragilities and insecurities.
The missing piece in this perspective is connection. When we open up, we connect with people. By sharing our experiences, we realise how much we have in common with others as they might go through something similar.
I see many clients who are reluctant to share their feelings with partners and friends in my practice. Often they feel ashamed because they think they should handle their problems on their own without help.
If you ever feel in this place, here’s a quick list to consider:
1) Sharing is caring: it works for problems as well
2) Choose wisely the people you open up to: you will need support
3) You don’t have to share everything: it’s up to you to decide what you want to share or not
4) People are much stronger than you think; they might have experienced something similar already
5) Finally, have compassion for yourself. If you have never shared anything before, it might take some time. But you are on the right path.
Do you feel sharing is caring?