17th Aug 2021
Let someone in. We say it a lot, don’t we?
Share your concerns’.
‘A problem shared is a problem halved’.
’It’s good to talk’.
All phrases we hear, and use, regularly. If someone we know is struggling, then we encourage them to ‘open up’ to someone, and to talk about it. To let someone in.
When I looked up the phrase ‘Opening up to another’ I was struck by one of the descriptions: ‘To be willing to share yourself’ was one of the definitions given. That’s a big ask, isn’t it? When you look at it in those terms, we are asking such a lot of people when we encourage them to ‘open up’. To share yourself with another. At a time you feel at your most vulnerable. And potentially to someone you may not even know. And whilst it has many benefits and can make a real difference to our emotional well-being, to open up to another, what should also be considered is what a big ask that is.
The benefits to letting someone in are very real. As Jasmine Navarro identified in her blog for us, ‘Having one person in our lives that we can share our real feelings with can make all the difference.’ But if we are finding it too hard to open up or to reach out, there are other ways we can help ourselves too:
Ultimately in reaching out and ‘sharing yourself’ with another, the chances are it will significantly improve how you are feeling. In talking we feel less alone and that we have the support of others. But to do so is no easy thing and so if it is something you struggle with, please know you are not alone in this. We need to normalise just how hard it can be to open up to another and let them in.
Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer
Thanks to Priscilla Du Preez @priscilladupreez for making this photo available freely on Unsplash
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