I know that you want to be strong for the people you love.
I know that you want to take care of yourself on your own.
But I also need you to know that it’s okay not to be okay.
It’s okay to struggle.
And it’s okay to ask for help.
Reaching out isn’t a sign of weakness.
It doesn’t make you inadequate or incapable—it makes you human.
We all need help sometimes.
We all struggle and have a difficult time coping.
You are no exception to that.
Being strong doesn’t mean holding in your emotions and pretending to be okay when you’re hurting.
And it certainly doesn’t mean denying yourself help when you’re struggling.
It means allowing yourself to be vulnerable.
It means giving yourself permission to feel your feelings, even when they are painful.
It means being authentic, even when it’s scary and you’re afraid of being judged.
It means allowing your needs to get met by asking for help, even though you’re scared of burdening people and appearing weak.
And it means taking care of yourself, even when you feel you don’t deserve to be taken care of.
So stop closing yourself off and start letting people in.
Our darkness thrives in isolation and is perpetuated when we put up a front.
In order to make your way to the light, you have to reach out.
You have to be open and honest, with yourself and with others.
You have to redefine what it means to be strong.
And you have to give yourself permission to not be okay.
Because truthfully, it takes so much more strength to admit that you need help and to give yourself permission to seek it, than it does to continue to struggle on your own.
I know it’s scary and difficult, but I also know that it’s possible.
You are competent and capable and strong.
Give yourself permission to do what’s necessary to heal.
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About The Movement:
My name is Daniell, and I am the creator of the Internal Acceptance Movement (I. A.M.)
Need support? Have a question?
The Internal Acceptance Movement is an online space that advocates self-acceptance, healthy body image, recovery from self-destructive behaviors and addictions, and the acceptance of all people, regardless of what they look like, who they identify as, what they have been through, and where they come from. I. A.M. is a space that offers support to those battling their inner demons and strength to continue fighting when all hope seems to be gone.
I. A.M. represents the idea that as human beings, we aren't defined by anything external, such as our weight, appearance, body shape, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, clothing choices, income, occupation, or background. But that instead, it's our internal qualities--our character and attitude, our passions and dreams, our soul and spirit, our heart and capacity to love, our goals and morals, and the way in which we treat others--that are truly self defining.
Whether you're battling an eating disorder, self-harm, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, anxiety, self-hating thoughts, poor body image, or any other mental health condition or self-destructive behavior, I. A.M. exists to remind you that you are NOT alone in how you feel or what you're going through; that it's okay to not be okay, and that you don't have to face this pain alone; that things can and will get better; that healing and recovery are possible; that there is nothing wrong with who you are; the who you are is enough; and that you are deserving of happiness, love, and acceptance, always.
I'm here if you need me: whether it's support, someone to vent to, a question, or you just want to say hi--know that this is a safe place and that you aren't alone. If I don't respond immediately, know that I'm not ignoring you. I will message you back at my earliest convenience. If you have an emergency or feel that you want to hurt yourself, please, please call 911. I'm not a therapist or a mental health professional of any kind. If you're in danger, you need to ask for help from people who can adequately support you. Sending you love: Daniell