We all have silent battles. Some are things that we will never tell anyone. Some we need to work through and then they go away. Some eat away at us every single day and we don’t even know what battle we are fighting. Silent battles are the unspoken silent connection we have with other people.
What is a silent battle? It is a battle that we keep, either intentionally or unknowingly, to ourselves. Quite often, we suffer from these battles with no knowledge of how to overcome them.
A lot of my silent battles are no longer silent. I share them here with you. I write them out and work through them through the words I type. When I am struggling through battles that I do not wish to share with anyone, I write in a journal. For every battle that I write out, I release the power it has over me. I release the emotion that is wrapped within the battle. I essentially coach myself through the battle.
But what happens when the battle is so strong that it prevents you from living your life? What do you do then? What if writing it out doesn’t help?
You talk it out. The battle will no longer be silent. It will no longer have complete hold over you. Talk to someone. Talk to a friend, a spouse, a parent, a sibling, someone. If you don’t have anyone in your circle that you feel you can confide in, seek a therapist. Talk to someone or something. Sometimes I talk it through, hell, even cry it out, with my dogs.
The key is to get it out. Stop suffering in silence.
This is something I’m still learning to do. I spent so much of my life bottling everything up, not sharing anything with anyone. Living a life that most people didn’t know anything about. It was crushing me from the inside out.
Silent battles don’t have to remain silent. I beg of you, do not let your silent battles control as much of your life as I used to. It is absolutely awful.
If you can’t find someone to share with, if writing doesn’t help you, please call a helpline. You are not alone, I promise you this.
If you feel like your silent battles are going to win, please call the national suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255.
You are not alone. Your silent battles do not have to control your life.