You know what I do when I’m feeling low? I write. Sometimes it’s a simple quote. Sometimes it’s a couple sentences. And sometimes it’s 10 pages. Whatever toxic emotion I’m feeling, I write and write until I feel I’ve gotten it out of me. It’s not anything fancy and it wouldn’t go in book; it’s messy and raw and open. And that’s the point. I don’t write about it to make it sound good. I write until I’ve recognized why I’m feeling this certain way, and thought about how I can improve the mental state I’m in. I do this because I have learned something. And it’s that if you choose to ignore your feelings and bury them under the heavy weight of your heart, they will most certainly always fight their way out at another time. They don’t lay dormant forever. I’m an open book. But I wasn’t always like that. For the majority of my life, I never really brought up any of my problems to other people because I felt like it was my obligation to take care of everyone else. If questioned, I’d do the whole “I’m fine” or “I’m just tired” thing. And now I understand how crucial it is to be honest. To be upfront. You don’t have to open your whole heart up to someone; you don’t have to tell them the details if you don’t want to. All you have to do is say something like “no, I’m not okay right now but I’m dealing with it. Thank you for asking about me.” And that’s so much better than a simple lie.We experience and process emotions in different ways. And regardless of how our coping methods differ, it’s just so important to understand that your feelings are valid, they are significant and real and they deserve to be recognized– whether it’s by you alone, or you and someone else. Take care of yourself. Allow yourself time to heal and mentally process what you are feeling. And get those negative emotions out, whether it be through art, music, writing, or simply talking about them to someone else— it’s critical. I love you guys. Thank you for listening. 💜-Hunter

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