You don’t have to swallow your tears

You don’t have to swallow your tears. You don’t have to hide how you feel or ignore your pain. You have to give yourself a hug, look yourself in the eyes, and say, “I’m sad and I’m angry and I’m hurting. And you know what? That’s okay. My feelings are valid. I’m not broken or crazy. I’m wounded. But I can heal. And I’m going to be okay. Maybe not today or tomorrow or a week from now, but sometime soon, this is going to pass. And until it does, I’m going to keep taking care of myself. I’m going to talk back to the negative voice making me feel small and speak to myself with kindness. I’m going to let myself feel my feelings and do self-care. And I’m going to treat myself like a friend. Because if there’s anyone who deserves my love and affection, it’s me. – Daniell Koepke

Photography by Denise Hecht

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  1. I love this. I have an inner voice that constantly tells me to ‘do better’ and ‘how could I do this’ and ‘how could I miss that’ blah. It’s fine for me to feel so down and upset especially after trying so hard at something very difficult and losing the battle. Thanks for this I love it.

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