You Are Not Required To Be a Punching Bag

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This month has been pretty tough for people. There has been tragedy, after tragedy. Lots of judgement and hurtful words have been thrown around. So this is just a reminder for everyone who is vulnerable: You are not required to engage with or keep hurtful people in your life.

If you are hurting and someone is just making it worse, you don’t have to keep talking with them. You don’t have to be polite. Tell them they’re hurting you and if you need, cut contact. Or just cut contact. You are not required to be someone else’s punching bag.

It doesn’t matter if that person is a relative, a significant other or just some rando on Facebook. You are not required to take their shit.

This may just be a temporary situation and in a few days of space you’ll be fine to engage again. It may be a permanent change in the relationship but either way, YOU are important. YOUR mental health is important and trumps their need to say whatever they want to say to you.

It is not rude, it is not selfish to take care of yourself in this way. You are not required to engage with people who do not value your health and wellbeing.

Take care of yourself out there.

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