You’re probably stronger than you think.

I’m sure we’ve all heard the stories about ordinary humans behaving in extraordinary ways in emergencies.

The tiny-framed mother who lifts a huge weight to release her trapped child, for instance.

Although this may be a bit extreme, I think we’re all stronger than we sometimes believe.

Especially emotionally.

I remember starting a day feeling really quite low, doing little more than going through the motions as the morning proceeded.

But when an important meeting began, a switch suddenly tripped and I’m sure I gave the impression of firing on all cylinders.

The thing is, it wasn’t an illusion, it was genuinely happening.

And it wasn’t just me.

I’m sure you’ll have experienced something similar at times.

I think it’s all too easy to begin a day feeling low, then to basically resign yourself to it being that way until you go to bed.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Although it’s not always possible, you can often be prised out of your shell.

Particularly if circumstances dictate it, and you’re open to it happening.

What’s important is to get to know what could trigger you feeling better, and to not say no if someone suggests doing it – even when you’re almost certainly not immediately in the mood.

3 thoughts on “You’re probably stronger than you think.

  1. So true Jon. My job demands me to have to rise to things and I can sometimes leave the house thinking there’s just no way I can do it today.
    Or I wake up thinking I can’t leave the house! But being ‘forced’to get up and go is part of my therapy I think.
    Even when I get to where I’m meant to be, I sometimes sit outside feeling completely mute and overwhelmed. But when I get in there it’s like being an actor, I put on a face and play the part. It’s a huge effort but once I get going, the focus does come, and I can sometimes pull it off better than I would have done if I was feeling fine!
    And I always come out feeling better and less introspective.
    That’s the therapeutic power of work I guess. Or anything purposeful where other people are relying on you.
    I had a mental and physical breakdown some years ago, and getting back to work slowly was the most therapeutic part of my recovery.
    Thankyou for YOUR fantastic work!
    Sally S

  2. Hi Jon,
    I hate starting a day like that. Sometimes even the dog walk feels like it’s too much; there is a pile of washing or ironing to be done. The garden has finally become a wilderness and it’s all too much again – I break these mammoth tasks down to smaller chunks so they don’t overwhelm me, but it is often hard to even contemplate them, let alone actually start anything!
    It’s also like having to go to a ‘doo’ that you dont want to go to: a party or an event you’re not keen on….you go and the event wasn’t so bad after all, the fear of stepping out there is often worse than the event itself.
    Thank you again, Jon.

  3. Hi Jon
    I’m having one of those days right now. It’s a gloomy grey Sunday morning and I have a family birthday to attend later today which I would rather not have to go to due to a prior misunderstanding with my sister. I will force myself to go and fingers crossed it will not be as difficult as I imagine. It’s all too easy to go through life avoiding the difficult stuff that others just deal with without a thought, but in order to build resilience and a thicker skin we must put our heads over the parapet and, usually feel much better after for doing so!

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