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From Ahmed

I run a small business, and this shit has hit us hard. We’re struggling to stay afloat, and the pressure is immense. I’m working long hours, trying to find ways to keep the business going, but it’s taking a toll on my mental health.

Running a business is tough in the best of times, but right now, it feels impossible. Our revenue has dropped significantly, and I’ve had to make some tough decisions, including laying off staff. These are people I’ve worked with for years, friends even, and letting them go was heartbreaking. I know it’s not my fault, but the guilt is crushing.

My wife and kids are my rock, but they’re feeling the strain too. I’m barely home, and when I am, I’m stressed and irritable. My wife is picking up the slack at home, and I feel like I’m failing her. I’m missing out on my kids’ lives, their milestones, and it breaks my heart. They don’t understand why Daddy’s always working, and I don’t know how to explain it to them.

Financially, we’re hanging by a thread. We’ve dipped into our savings, taken out loans, but it’s still not enough. Every day is a constant worry about how we’re going to make it. I’m losing sleep, losing weight, and my health is suffering. I’ve developed high blood pressure and chronic headaches. The stress is relentless.

I’ve thought about giving up, closing the business, but the thought of losing everything I’ve built is too much to bear. I’ve put my heart and soul into this, and I can’t just walk away. But staying the course feels like a losing battle. I’m trapped between a rock and a hard place, and I don’t see a way out.

I’ve tried talking to friends, family, even a business advisor, but nothing seems to help. Everyone says the same thing – “Hang in there, things will get better.” But will they? And when? I’m running out of time, running out of options. The future looks bleak, and I’m scared.

The worst part is feeling like I’m letting everyone down. My family, my employees, my customers – they’re all counting on me, and I’m struggling to keep it together. The weight of their expectations is crushing. I’m trying to be strong, to stay positive, but it’s hard when everything feels like it’s falling apart.

And then I don't know who to talk to about all this. My wife gets anxious easily.

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