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When they ask "Are you OK?" What Do You Say?

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
August 7, 2023
December 18, 2023

I often hear clients struggle with answering the question, "Are you okay?" It can be challenging to answer this question truthfully, especially if you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious. But the truth is, it's okay not to be okay.

Think of it like a tree during a storm. The tree may be swaying and bending, but it remains rooted in the ground, holding strong. Similarly, it's okay to sway and bend during difficult times, but it's essential to stay rooted in who you are and what you need.

When Someone Asks if You're Okay, be Honest

You don't have to go into detail, but a simple, "I'm struggling today" can open up the conversation and allow for support. Remember, you don't have to carry the weight of all your struggles alone. A backpack is another great analogy. The more you carry, the heavier it gets. It's okay to take things out of your backpack and ask for help carrying the load. You don't have to carry everything by yourself.

When You Feeling Overwhelmed, Take a Break.

It's like pausing a movie to take a breath, grab a snack, or stretch your legs. You can always come back to the movie, but taking a break can help you recharge, refocus, and be ready for a climax!

Don't be Afraid to Seek Professional Help.

It's like going to the doctor when you're sick. You wouldn't hesitate to seek medical attention for a physical ailment, so why not do the same for your mental health?


When people ask if you're okay, it's okay not to be okay. Be honest, ask for help, take breaks, and seek professional help when needed. If you are interested in reading more mental health related articles, here are a few good ones: How To Stop Negative Thoughts,  Dopamine - What It Is, and When We Need More,  The Hazards of Loneliness. Remember, you're not alone, and it's essential to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.

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