Someone concerned: “Hey. Are you alright? You look a little upset.”
You: First in your head… No. I’m not alright. I’m actually on the verge of tears. I’m watching my life fall apart around me and I am completely helpless. I need a hug more than anything and just someone to act like they care. I can’t do this alone….
What you actually say: “Yep. I’m fine. Just really really tired.”