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Talk­ing about your feel­ings is a sign of per­sonal strength and of be­ing able to take con­trol of your life. It can be dif­fi­cult to know how to start a con­ver­sa­tion about your feel­ings or wor­ries, but some of the tips be­low might help you to man­age the process:

Find the right mo­ment for the con­ver­sa­tion – you want to have time to talk and not be in­ter­rupted.

You might find it eas­ier to start the con­ver­sa­tion when you are do­ing some­thing else – such as on a walk or trav­el­ling in the car to­gether.

Know­ing what to say al­ways feels hard. It’s OK to start off by say­ing you have been go­ing through a tough time and to de­scribe what you’ve been think­ing and feel­ing.

It is nor­mal to feel ner­vous. You might worry about how peo­ple will re­act, but when you let some­one know you need their help, they will usu­ally re­spond pos­i­tively.

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