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We all know that life can be tough. Inevitably, we will all experience pain and hardship. The important thing to remember is that while our experiences are uniquely our own, healing requires us to seek support and share our struggles with others.

Here is where the “but why” questions usually start, so let me explain in two parts:

First, your pain and hardship is uniquely your own. Yes, others may have gone through something similar, but we also know that people react to events differently based on their roles and perspectives. At the end, only you know what’s occurring with you. We each deal with hurt in our own way. So you don’t have to feel compelled to fit into some one-size-fits-all mental model. Yes, there are guidelines for various recovery scenarios, but it’s OK if your process is different.

Second, it’s vital to reach out and share your struggles with others. This can be a family member, friend, therapist, or anyone else you trust. Talking about our problems is an essential part of the healing process.

To that end, today, when deciding which company, you commit your talent to make sure they have a culture of supporting employees as they face challenges outside of work. Many companies have employee assistance programs that offer counseling and other services. If your company offers these services during times of struggle, take advantage of this important benefit. Similar to using a physical medical benefit when needed, be sure to use this emotion benefit when needed.

If you are interested in having me speak to your organization about helping employees overcome life’s struggles, please reach out to me via DM or my website