Hi, I’m Becky and I’m a talkoholic. There, I said it.
I call my mum on a daily basis to fill her in on the most inconsequential aspects of my life. My poor boyfriend can never get a word in. And I’ve even been known to make friends with complete strangers in pubs, at bus stops, on planes, in lifts and in a whole host of other random places.
In some ways, I know I must annoy the hell out of my nearest and dearest at times, but on the other hand I consider myself fortunate that I’m comfortable enough to share, vent and talk openly without fear of judgement or consequence. Not everyone feels that way; particularly as a global pandemic has brought social interaction to a halt.
That’s why I started my podcast Into Words last summer. I wanted to create a platform where women could open up about issues that have affected or are affecting them, or ones that they care a lot about. They can share as much or as little as they want, they can laugh, cry, pause, breathe – whatever they need to do. There are no rules.
At the end of each episode, once they’ve let a load off their chests, I always ask them how it’s made them feel. Here are some of their answers:
“It’s made me realise how much I have grown – I feel so proud of myself.Bethan, Episode 2
“It feels really good to talk about it, because I’ve never been put in a position where I can talk about it so candidly.”Katie, Episode 5
“It’s cathartic. It’s like another jigsaw piece has been put into place by talking it all through.Marina, Episode 7
“I feel really proud. When you sit and talk about it, it really puts into perspective just how far you’ve come.”Tor, Episode 8
“There’s such power behind words and conversation, and to me it’s really, really helped to talk about it, because in a way, it helps me process and heal.”Kellie, Episode 10
Like me, these women are all living with the benefits of unloading heavy emotions that may have otherwise crushed them. They’re fulfilling my mission statement: “by putting things into words, you’re able to get a little bit off your chest”.
But it doesn’t have to be as public as a podcast. Speaking to a family member, friends, colleagues or professionals could make a huge difference. On #TimeToTalk day, try and say something to someone if you’re struggling. Don’t suffer in silence – I promise you, you’re not alone.