There are many experiences and emotions that we don’t speak about in business, for fear we’ll look weak. We never quite know if what we’re going through is normal, and sometimes a simple situation can spiral out of control – a bad deal can lead to a confidence hit that leads to more failures, which spirals into depression, or worse.
In America, mental health issues are still seen by many as defects, as liabilities, which means many of us are isolated and alone in our experiences.
We recently surveyed our readers to learn about what makes them feel most alone, professionally speaking. Under the guarantee of anonymity, even from our own team, what follows is a selection of what you said makes you feel isolated.
Click any image for the full sized version, and feel free to steal it and share it. If you relate to any of these and want to tell your story, tell us in the comments, or use the image you relate to in your own social networks and link to this story. If you don’t relate to any, but want your network to know you care about them if THEY can relate, also share.
Do you relate to any of the confessions above?
Now what can we do?
We recently had a live interactive Q&A with a uniquely experienced leader about the pressures to be happy in the industry. It was extremely insightful, and relevant to the above images.
If you’re feeling alone in your profession, talk to someone. If you’re not comfortable sharing your true feelings with a coworker, friend, or loved one, seek counseling (traditional, or online at TalkSpace). Further, you might be surprised how many people you’ve never even met will hold your hand through any tough time – being honest on say, Facebook, that you’re struggling and could use someone to talk to, could be a huge help.
The words above from readers about what they are or have gone through is proof that you’re not alone.
Ultimately, if you’re ever feeling like you’ve reached the end of your rope, you’re simply too alone, you’re pondering ending your life, go to the ER. Just walk right in, they have the resources you need, and just being around people (even strangers) at your lowest point can be a life saver.
If you can’t make it to the ER, we urge you to pick up the phone and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.
You’re not alone
Whether you’re struggling with any mental health challenges, or are simply thinking that your feeling of isolation is unique, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Truly. Just look above at the feelings others were willing to confess.
We desperately want for you to be happy and healthy – sometimes knowing that others are struggling just as you are can be a comfort. Hang in there, friends. Let’s get through this together.