No, we really want to know how you are!
How many times a day do we all say it? Or hear it? "Hi, how are you?" And in my experience, this is generally how people usually answer: (even if it's not actually how they are feeling)
1) "Yeah good thanks"
2) "Not too bad"
3) "Good thanks, and you?"
How often do you really tell the truth about how YOU are today? Now I get why a lot of people give the above answers because let's face it, who wants to be stuck at the bus stop/shops/random public place listening to some stranger go on and on and on about how much their back hurts today, or how they are feeling really angry with their cat or that they slept really badly last night, when all you were trying to do was to be polite.
But I have a challenge for you. The next time a friend, family member, or someone close to you, asks you how you are - TELL THEM THE TRUTH. I know it's a crazy idea but stay with me....
If you're reading this blog, it's fairly likely that you are a young carer - whether you identify as one or not. You therefore probably have spent a lot of your time making sure everyone ELSE is okay and rarely get to share your own problems with someone who you feel comfortable sharing with.
We here in the Young Carers team always are available to help you out when and however we possibly can, but as with your teachers, friends and family, we can't help you if we don't know that anything is wrong! You are an extremely important individual and you deserve to be heard and looked after, just like anyone else, regardless of their situation. Don't ever think that you or your problems aren't important enough for someone to listen to and help with!
So the next time things are tough and someone you care about asks - "How are you?", what are you going to say...?
(one half of the Young Carer Super Team)