Note: this is not a call for help or anything, I'm doing fine :)
I want to open up and talk about my problems, anxieties and depressive periods. The thing is, I'm used to it and it's often not as big a deal as people see them as.
Here's an analogy: imagine someone born with only one arm. When people meet them, the conversation can be something like this:
-Oh you lost your arm? That must be so hard!
-Well I was born with only one arm so I'm used to it, it's fine.
-But there must be so many you can't do! I would be devastated if I lost an arm.
People tend to compare it to how it would make them feel and not how I feel it.
Another example: sometimes when I'm sleep deprived I will sleep 5h a day during the week. People react very strongly to it, but I need 6h30, 5 hours will seem much worse to someone who need their full 8 hours.
The last thing I want is for people to worry and feel sorry for me.
How do I open up without making people worry more than that should?
How can I be factual but make them understand how bad something is compared to my standards, not theirs?
The fact that those people care about my well-being tends to accentuate that even more. Also, the more casual I am when I say things the more they seem to overevaluate how bad they are.
I had to put that note in the beginning because I didn't want you to exaggerate the gravity of my examples either ^^