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emotional crash -- out of energy / being more fragile, learning to ask for support

Yesterday I had a pretty intense emotional crash. There's been a lot of positive energy coming in, but there has been even more that I've been spending (on supporting people, working through painful circumstances, and stressing about my broken car and money), and I'd gotten to the end of my emotional resources. I didn't even realize it until Kyle did an energy healing on me last night and part of me relaxed. It felt like I'd been holding myself together so hard I didn't feel it, except to worry a little that I wasn't feeling things fully (though I had imagined that it was just that the outside world was being less intense). After the energy work we spent time together and I got really upset and sad because I couldn't feel anything, and I could tell ze was being open so it wasn't zir. When I realized what was happening I told zir that what I need is to just receive and not spend any energy until I have a little cushion, so I'm not constantly in danger of overdrafting. Ze said ze would like to be there for me, which was massively scary (because I'm used to people getting angry at me when I stop giving; they get used to it and think of it as the default and then feel like I'm taking something from them when I stop) but something I would like to trust and accept. Today we just laid around and watched Xena and cuddled and talked a little, and then ze gave me a foot rub (which almost always feels intensely emotional as well as physically intense, and this one made me cry). Oh, and ze did a load of laundry for me ♥ (it's been bothering me so much that I haven't felt able to do it) It felt healing but I still feel like there's a ways to go before I'm able to function like usual. I still feel so much like crying and I just ache -- all of me feels like the ache of lungs that don't have enough air. Everything is scary.

I forget my warning signals because I so rarely run out of energy and ability to cope -- really, before last November it hadn't happened for years. It seems to be happening more often (about every 3-4 months) now that my life is more emotionally/spiritually intense, so it's something I want to start watching for. I need to remember these signs: it takes massive effort to speak, I feel unable to put my thoughts into words, I don't know the answer to how I'm feeling, I let my room stay messy, I feel tired all the time, I don't want to take risks, and I feel numb to things that usually excite me. When it gets to the point where small decisions give me panic attacks it has gone too far -- I want to catch it before then. Also when I have a few hours of feeling better I tend to dismiss my previous feelings as no-longer-relevant, especially when the feeling-better is ecstatic and full of love -- but if I instantly spend every bit of energy I'm given, the emptiness stays. It's like as long as I have at least 20%, I can multiply it and make it feel full, but if it drops below that it's really REALLY hard to even add, and multiplying is out of the question. I feel "broken" again and the idea of needing 'just receiving' time four times a year seems so big, especially if I try to head it off -- I worry that I'll ask for it and I won't have actually needed it, and then I will need it and people will be like "but I just did that!" And if I'm not totally out, I don't feel okay asking for someone to put aside their needs/wants for me for a little while. I feel like it has to be an emergency (like, I'm emotionally shutting down, falling inside myself) for that to be okay. I feel like healthy, balanced relationships mean that both people get lots of support, but I'm so in the habit of doing all the supporting for both people that it feels like support for me is so much bigger than support for the other person. I feel like my increased fragility means that I need to learn to ask for more. I can be okay just doing it myself but it will HURT if the other person is not willing/able to be there for me, and adding hurt when I'm already so low is such a risk. I guess it comes down to this -- am I willing to risk that hurt for the chance of deeper connection? I think so, I hope so.

It is partly fear of punishment for not giving, but I think it's also a pride thing. I've always been the strong one, the caretaker, and I think I put some of my identity in that role. I want to be okay and feel secure in relationships where I'm NOT "the one who gives more." I want to have more balance. I've been wanting that -- I suppose I didn't really think about the fact that I'd have to get more fragile in order for others to have a chance to support me, heh. Well, it's worth it. This fresh wild life is the one I've yearned for.

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mmmmurgle ══╣╠══

I know for me, dealing with being vulnerable and just accepting help and support has definitely been one of the harder things I've learned in the past couple years--but also one of the most worth it. My two cents on the way you're dealing with it--you say you feel like 4 times a year is way too often too need having someone just focus on giving to you. My reaction to that is that's way too few times to let yourself want it.

It's really really nice if you're just having a little bit of a rough day, or you're feeling down to 40% or so energy-wise, to just ask someone to take care of you for a bit. (Will calls them "Princess Heather" days, which well...is very silly, and makes us both giggle, but is also kind of sweet.) I'd say I have a day like that once or twice a month, and my people will ask for it from me about as often.

The thing that's great about that is 1) If you can ask for it when you want it, not just when you need it, if you happen to ask on a day when the other person doesn't have it to give, it doesn't feel like a betrayal or a disaster and they feel like they can say no, and 2) the vast majority of the time people will say yes and take care of you. The more often you can ask and are rewarded for it, the easier it gets to ask.

*hugs* Glad you're having a healing day. :)
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its_paul ══╣Pansexual Symbol╠══
I know it's hard to ask for support when you need a recharge. I've gotten hurt many times for asking for that support and getting kicked aside for it.
With that said, I have found out I can do my own style of self recharging. It was learn how to do it yourself or explode. I'm going to guess that having that person(s) in your life who can do the recharge is much better then a self recharge.
I'm also so afraid of trusting someone with my recharge needs I just act like everything is grand. Many of times I needed a crying lap to lean into while I release emotional needs. "Men don't cry. What's a matter with you? You're wierd!" Men are supposed to be needless. Always the strong one.
So without a support network in place I had no other option but to learn to self recharge.
I guess the only thing I can tell you is, if you know you can trust someone to help you recharge in a positive way don't be afraid to reach out.
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delicatexflower ══╣hope. nature - the only thing..╠══

i can so relate to this. caretakers often find it hard to reach out and receive support.. it's just our nature to think of others' need before ours.. i think it's a blessing kyle is different than the other people you met in your life. not everyone is going to treat you like the others in your life. *hugs* it's beautiful you are aware of this. now you can grow from it..
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