Revy Let’s Talk: about the problem hierarchy

In the Revelstoke Review: “Revy Let’s Talk” articles that I’ve been publishing since August 2018, there have been some heavy topics including eating disorders, overdose and Naloxone kits, and dealing with mental health challenges in high school. But these do not minimize the small things that are big things for you.

There will always be someone who is worse off than you; there will always be someone who is better off than you; but there will always only be one you! Your experiences are your own and can have a big impact on your life regardless of what they might look like compared to someone else’s.

With the January 2019 “Revy Let’s Talk” article, we decided the start the year off with a bit of a different experience than we’ve shared before. Something that might seem odd to others, but brought on real feelings for one individual. Amy (name changed) has a noise sensitivity. Certain noises bring her feelings of stress, fear, and even anxious responses. Read more about her “quirks” as she calls them HERE.

When someone opens up to share about their experience with you, especially if it seems unique and rare [to you], be aware of your body language and tone when you speak. For example, “I’ve never heard of that before” can take on two very different meanings depending on your tone and body language:
1. “I’ve never heard of that before” while your tone and body language says
“that’s not a real thing” *eye roll* vs.
2. “I’ve never heard of that before” while your tone and body language says
“Tell me more. Just because it sounds new to me doesn’t mean this person doesn’t feel it” *lean-in*.

So, be aware of what you’re thinking on the inside. The other person can usually tell 😉

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