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We all try our best to be as strong as we can, but sometimes being strong is exhausting. The more you try, the more tiring it can become. 

Becoming burnt out on that kind of thing is very possible, and it doesn’t mean you’re ruining things, or you’re not still strong, it just means you like everyone else need a break. There is nothing wrong with wanting to slow down and honestly; you need to keep that in mind moving forward. Below I am going to go over some things that happen when you finally realize you’re tired of being the strong one and while some of them might feel bad they’re overall really good things to let happen sometimes. 

12 Things That Happen When You’re Tired Of Always Being The ‘Strong One’:

1. You start rethinking your life and the things ahead of you.

When you become exhausted in this sense, you begin to think about things you otherwise might not think too much about. You rethink decisions you’ve made and where you’re headed in life. This could lead you down a new path or reaffirm the one you’re already on depending on how things play out for you.

2. You begin to show your emotions more properly.

As you realize that emotions need to be felt, you begin to feel them more and more. You show them rather than locking them away and that is a good thing. Through this you can really find yourself more and more.

3. You realize that even the strongest people need time to themselves.

Sometimes we face this kind of thing and there is nothing wrong with it. We are all only human. Even the strongest people have to go through periods like this from time to time.

4. You begin to see who is toxic and who is not. 

Those who relied on you before will either help you in your time of need or jump ship and from there you will see who is meant to be in your life and who is not. Toxic people are everywhere and sometimes we cannot see them as well as we would like to. The more apparent your needs become the more clear those who care will be for you in the future.

5. You become less patient with yourself and with others.

At first, it may seem like you’re falling apart and that will make you a lot less patient than you would be otherwise. You may find yourself lashing out and that’s normal. We all go through this on occasion.

6. You feel out of place and in need of change.

This is a good way for you to really figure out where you’re going. If you feel like you need change, make some changes. Change is healthy.

7. You become more willing to reach out for help and realize that sometimes we all need a little here and there.

As time passes and you begin to see yourself more properly you will also begin to understand that reaching out for help doesn’t mean you’re weak. We all need help sometimes. You’ve done a lot for the people around you and it’s time they do something for you as well.

8. You realize that sometimes it’s okay to say no or to not do things if you don’t want to do them.

There is nothing wrong with saying no or refusing to do things you don’t want to do. You are the one living your life and you are the one who has to deal with the consequences for your actions. Just live your life how you want to live it, period.

9. Your passion for things you like seems to fade a bit.

I know, this one might sound a bit odd but it is true. You begin struggling to really dive into things you otherwise were very into. This could mean you need a push or that you’re outgrowing things you didn’t think you ever would.

10. You’re still tired even after a full night of rest.

This kind of thing is not only emotionally or mentally exhausting, it can be physically exhausting. Take the time you need to recharge. If you need a couple of days to get back to normal, go for it.

11. You find yourself struggling with negative thoughts.

We all struggle with negative thoughts sometimes but when you’re burnt out in this sense they seem more prominent than most realize. Don’t let these negative thoughts tear you down, you can get through this. Things are not always what they seem.

12. You begin to see things as they are rather than how you want them to be.

The more the glass shatters the more reality seeps through. You are in need of more self-care than you thought to begin with and that is alright. You are free to make the changes that need to be made.