You Can’t Drink From An Empty Cup

Mental Health Podcast

“I think sometimes when you’re extra sensitive you tend to be really sensitive to the needs of others and it’s easy to get locked and trapped into a way of life where we give and give and give to the point where we’re exhausted “

– Kelly Martin

Are you a giver? Do you give to the point of exhaustion? Is saying NO difficult for you?

In this podcast I talk about relationships and why trying to give when we have no energy to do so is detrimental to our well-being.

If you feel it is time to let go of people-pleasing and giving too much, this podcast is for you. We need to fill our own cup up first before we help others.

Highlights from the episode: 

  • How ‘giver’ versus ‘taker’ can be a co-dependent relationship
  • Why we can learn to over-give because of our upbringing
  • Why we may need to recognise that being a giver is a role we identify too much with
  • How saying no actually is healthy and gives boundaries as an act of self-care.


“I’ve got family members who I know find it really difficult to say no. One in particular who says yes to everything and then they speak to me on the telephone and tell me how upset and resentful and angry and how dare that person put all of that pressure onto them, but they said yes, they didn’t say no”

“But there comes a point when you’re a parent well you need to set boundaries and to set parent boundaries for children is actually it gives them a sense of safety, it’s not a punishment it makes them feel they’re safe ”

“Every time you say yes to doing something for somebody else when you don’t really want to, you’re actually allowing them to take up space in your world, in your heart, where something amazing or beautiful or a new person in your life could step in and take a wonderful space in your life”





Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin, author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ is a dedicated writer and blogger who fearlessly explores life’s deepest questions. Faced with a decade of profound anxiety and grief following the loss of her father and her best friend Michael, Kelly embarked on a transformative journey guided by mindfulness, and she hasn’t looked back since. Through her insightful writing, engaging podcasts, and inspiring You Tube channel Kelly empowers others to unearth the hidden treasures within their pain, embracing the profound truth that they are ‘enough’ exactly as they are.

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