Oftentimes in life, we seem to simply float through, never really pausing to evaluate our experiences – especially the bad ones. This very natural impulse of ours leads to a lot of repressed emotins and thoughts, meaning that our psychology is affected by our lack of dealing with things. In some cases, this can severely impact our close relationships, our activities and the ease with which we can make friends. Hence why owning your problems is important.

Owning your problems is one of the hardest and bravest things that you can do in life, especially when there is still such a stigma surrounding mental health illnesses and issues. It is very easy to simply dismiss things that happened to you in the past as irrelevant now and not worth thinking about. However, science and psychology have proven time and time again that this kind of response to our problems is incredibly unhelpful and, a lot of the time, unhealthy.

If we fail to deal with our problems, a lot of stress builds up subconsciously in the back of our minds. This stress keeps on building the more things happen to us that we don’t deal with, and it all affects how we act in our day-to-day lives.

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Once we begin to own our problems and take responsibility for them, we can begin to become better people. If something happened to you in the past that was painful and even remotely traumatic (especially if it was when you were a child, such as bullying or abuse), it needs to be dealt with properly. You can’t suppress your emotions forever, and sometimes you just have to accept that you need help.

It doesn’t make you weak at all. In fact, owning your problems often makes you the strongest and most mature person in the room by a mile.