I’ve always been a strong person. In fact, the night of my first nervous breakdown, thanks to my mother’s verbal attack, I didn’t sleep at all, then went to work the following morning. That’s pretty strong!
As the years have passed, I developed C-PTSD that left me much less able to cope. Three years after that, I got a brain injury from passing out from carbon monoxide & hitting my head. The TBI changed me a great deal. One of those changes is I’m no longer the strong chick I once was. I get overwhelmed by the tiniest things, such as having to change my daily routine. And, if I’m already stressed, it gets even worse.
I’m still getting used to not being strong anymore. I’ve noticed though, that people around me haven’t seemed to notice the change. People still think I’m able to handle pretty much anything which isn’t even close to reality.
When you’re a strong person, people tend to forget that you need help or need a break sometimes, too. Even if you haven’t changed like I have, you still need help or a break. Everyone does, but often people forget that when they are accustomed to relying on you.
If you are in this position, then it’s time for a change. No one, no matter how strong, can keep going indefinitely. Everyone needs help sometimes, & there is no shame in asking for that help. It’s time to start telling people you need a break or asking for help. I know it’s hard to do when you aren’t used to doing it, so don’t forget to ask God to help you in this area!
Ask God also to help you to have & enforce good boundaries. Don’t keep pushing yourself when you’re exhausted. You have the right to take care of your physical & mental health!
Remember, “no” can be a very good word sometimes. If people look to you for help or support constantly, they aren’t looking to God. He is where they should be looking, not you. God should be that person’s everything, not you!
One thing that helps me a lot is alone time. If you’re an introvert too, then be sure to tell people you need time alone to recharge. Some extroverts don’t like to hear that, but that isn’t your problem. Make sure they understand that it’s not them- alone time makes you feel like being around others makes them feel. Take the alone time you need. Or, if you’re an extrovert, then plan fun times with good friends or go to parties so you can recharge.
Remember, just because you’re strong doesn’t mean you need to be strong 24/7/365. Everyone needs breaks & help sometimes. There is no shame in that! Besides, taking care of yourself also means you’ll be more able to help others when they do need you!