When facing the emotionally trying experience of eating disorder recovery, being physically close to someone that you have a positive relationship with can help to alleviate stress, and the oftentimes powerful negative emotions that come with it. Load sharing is exactly how it sounds: you are simply sharing the emotional load.
Roese did not know that her entire apartment was destroyed until the next day. Up to the point where she went back to the East Village on Friday, she believed that she would be able to walk through the skeleton of the building to see what she could salvage. When she went back, she witnessed the collapsed building in total ruin. She had lost everything.
Sometimes, keeping up appearances is necessary and unavoidable. But pretending can also be exhausting, especially when your emotional resources are already taxed. Not only will being honest help you feel better, but it also encourages others to be open, creating opportunities for deeper connections.