I remember the call like it was yesterday. It was just after dinner one night when my mate called to ask me how I was going. But not ...
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"I know I've been struggling for a while. I've been able to hide it from everyone but myself but I have a feeling that I can't hide it much longer. I'm not sure if my mates will understand if I try to talk to them about it."
Everyone will go through a tough time at one stage in their life. It gets better when you talk about it. Soften The Fck Up.
"I'm worried about my mate. I just don't know how to approach him. I'm not the only one who has noticed it either. He's been slowly shutting down and removing himself from group situations. When he does hang out with us he's really quiet. I'm not sure how to bring it up with him though, I don't want him to take offence."
Dig that little bit deeper and ask your mate how he is really feeling. We all go through a tough time at some stage but he will thank you for really being there for him when he needed it most.
“My best mate is one of those guys who you can never really tell if he’s over the moon or had the shittest day of his life. Whenever I ask him how he is going the answer is always the yeah good mate.”
It’s important to let your mates know that it’s ok to talk about what’s going on. Maybe you could try opening up yourself to show your mate that you all go through a tough time.
“I don’t know how to let my boyfriend know that I’m here to talk to him. I know he’s been under a lot of pressure lately but he never talks about it and just bottles it up. I wish he knew that I was there for him.”
They are called tough conversations for a reason. But it feels better to let it out and talk about it. Bottling it up isn’t the solution.