Many of us learn to be tough and resilient under stress, which serves us well in our daily lives. The only catch is that these “superpowers” can become weaknesses if we rely on them too much.
When I say “I’m fine” too quickly, I am often masking the true impact hard emotions and stress have on my body. That’s when “toughing it out” starts to have diminishing returns. Compartmentalizing and suffering through emotional discomfort can have mental and physical costs over time.
Changing old habits is not easy, but I am learning to sit with difficult emotions longer and to listen harder to what they are trying to tell me.