Imagine bearing the weight of all that is difficult and challenging in your life on your shoulders all at once. Then, imagine having to go out into the world with that load and pretend that everything is fine.
After a while the load becomes too much to bear and you reach a point where you need to step back, to withdraw and retreat.
That is the most loving thing that you can do for yourself.
When you don’t feel okay and you don’t feel well (as in your overall wellbeing is in poor condition), you need to take care of yourself.
Being in situations where you can’t fully honour and accept where you’re at only makes things worse.
When you’re burdened by challenges you need to replenish and care for yourself rather than constantly be in situations that require you to put on an act and pretend you’re okay.
That can be a a difficult lesson to learn when you struggle with being vulnerable or want to be seen as someone who always has it together.