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What being mentally strong means (especially when others see it as weakness)

Being mentally strong

Weak! Is that the worst insult someone can throw at you? Well, if it is, you may be putting yourself in danger of not being able to reach out and get help when you need it. The reality is that what most people see as weakness is in reality being mentally strong. In fact, you could be hurting your personal well-being by trying to be stoic; it’s often not in your best interests to go it alone.

How to distinguish mentally strong vs weakness

Those who do reach out for help are anything but weak. Especially when you consider that you have to deal with other peoples’ judgements on the original issue on top of everything else.

However, it is often those who find the strength to reach out for assistance who conquer adversity. Below are examples of when it’s tough being mentally strong but the best move is to be exactly that.

Domestic violence

If you are in a situation where there is abuse in your domestic relationship, it can be incredibly hard to reach out for help. Abuse can take many forms: physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal.

It may get to the point of being afraid for your life and the lives of your kids or others in the household. However, you must find the courage to reach out for help from organizations such as http://www.ncadv.org/.

Even if the first step is only to check their website to get a better handle on the situational mentally, that’s OK because it can be the start of a process that will liberate you and transform your life.

Specifically, a transformation from an existence full of abuse and pain to one in which you can be truly free.

Drug addiction

Addiction is not a joke. It can wreck the lives of both the person with the problem and loved ones as well.

Of course, a hallmark of addiction is a denial that there is even a problem. This self-denial enables the person with the addiction to continue through the same behaviours again and again.

Obviously, finding the inner strength to acknowledge that your problem is in control of you rather than the other way around can be incredibly difficult.

However, what you need to remember is that you are not alone. In fact, there are millions of people going through the same thing as you right now all over the world.

There are also specialist facilities such as this outpatient drug rehab center that you can access that can offer you the help and support necesary to overcome your problem. Moreover, finding that people attending these facilities are also struggling can help you feel less alone and provide a supportive network to get through what is perhaps the darkest time of your life.

Having a sense of community during recovery is essential. Being able to hear that others are also dealing with issues can help you with any feelings of shame about addiction problems.

Mental health

Maintaining wellness mentally can undoubtedly be a challenge in the modern world. So much so that it can be easier to pretend that everything is fine, rather than to find the fortitude to seek the help necessary.

A common thought is, “I don’t want those who I care about most to see me as weak.”

But those who care about you the most – those friends, family, church community, and others – will not judge you. Instead, they will hear you and try to help if you need that. It is much more likely that all you want is someone to hear you.

Sadly, the burden of mental illness is something that will only get heavier if it goes ignored. With that in mind, seeking the support you need from a qualified specialist is vital to your recovery.

In fact, doing so is truly the epitome of being mentally strong. It’s all the more so because this action is one you take while in vulnerable place.

Your thoughts on being mentally strong

What are some other scenarios where it’s tough to have inner strength? Have you ever been in a situation where others saw you as weak and, if so, how did you respond?

18 thoughts on “What being mentally strong means (especially when others see it as weakness)”

    1. It’s nice too that more sites are open to talking about mental health now versus a decade ago, MJ. I’ve noticed more people speaking up and that’s really great to see. Thanks for such a nice comment.

  1. I agree what appears weak is sometimes just vulnerability. It’s takes great courage to be vulnerable and it’s a definite strength to recognize when you need help!
    Recovery programs state that admittance is the first step. Thank you for sharing 😊

  2. I don’t consider this topic on the same level as the topics you mentioned Christy but I think it’s tough for a lot of people to have inner strength to reach out to a close friend or family member for help in budgeting their money successfully. I know some people are so worried about someone they know possibly looking at them different if they knew how bad they are at budgeting that they’re not willing to reach out for help.

    1. I appreciate your honesty here. Finance is a sensitive topic to talk about for many people, that’s for sure. So glad you brought that up!

    2. Yes, and with anything else that is a sensitive topic, you got to have someone or people you’re willing to talk with about it in order to take steps to improve the situation.

  3. Fantastic article, Christy. Very educative. Responding to your question at the end of the article, I would say that I have never really cared what people -in general- think about me, only my loved ones. Maybe or not others have seen me as weak, I don’t know, and frankly, I never cared.
    What you said here is so true: “But those who care about you the most – those friends, family, – will not judge you…..”

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