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Being a shock absorber means that you take on or absorb the impact of disagreements to eliminate tension. The shock absorber tends to absorb the negativity, the stress, and the anxiety to lessen it for others. While it may feel as if you are doing something positive because you are doing it to make others feel better and more comfortable, it can be tough on your mental health. Placing everyone’s needs before your own is not healthy and will impact your mental health and overall well-being. If you feel like a shock absorber, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind. 


Your Feelings Matter


Your feelings and your mental health are important. You cannot take care of others until you take care of yourself. Acknowledge your emotions and your emotional well-being. Constantly trying to help others can and will impact you if you do not devote the same time and energy to yourself. 


Take on Only What You Can Handle


If you are a shock absorber, you probably handle everything for your family and friends and place of employment. You are someone that people turn to when they need support and help. That is a fantastic thing and probably makes you feel good about yourself.  Helping others is always a positive thing. However, if you try to do too much, you may start to feel resentful and overwhelmed. Make sure you are only taking on things you can handle and ensure you are putting yourself and your needs first. 


Do the Things You Love


Make time to do the things that make you feel great. If you enjoy hiking, devote some time to hikes, even if your family and friends do not enjoy it. Doing things for yourself may feel selfish at first. However, it is excellent for your mental health and overall well-being to devote time and energy to yourself. You are worth it.


When we take care of others, it can make us feel good about ourselves. When others come to us for support and love, it can bring up our spirits and lift our self-esteem. However, you need to devote time to yourself as well. You can be the best shock absorber for your family, but the emotional impact on you will be harmful if you do not take care of yourself.  Here at The Guest House, we know how challenging mental health can be. It is complex and often confusing. We are here to help and support you as you work on your challenges and create goals to strive towards. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.