Last night I watched the following Brene Brown video on shame. I am always saddened by how many people carry their shame around with them. Afraid to name it or discuss it. At one point in my life I allowed my shame to eat me alive (literally, I suffered from bulimia, anorexia and over exercising), it ruled my life. Instead of dealing with the issues around my shame, I avoided it and sunk deeper. Shame was only a piece of the complex issues of my mental health, which was an accumulation of several factors. Thankfully, I did a lot of work on me, it wasn’t over night, or a quick fix. But with each therapist, each class, each new friend or book. I grew and got better.
What do you think about Brene Brown’s video and do you carry shame with you? If you carry shame I hope that you find a way to release it. Either with a therapist, counselor or trusted friend. Even blogging. Life is too short to let shame dictate your actions.
And remember you are not alone! Help is always a call, email, text away!