If you need something from someone, ask for it. If you want something, let someone know. If you are overwhelmed, it's up to you to let it be known.
Martyring yourself hurts nobody but yourself. Shutting your mouth and doing more than you should is self-destructive. Looking puppy-eyed at me gets you nowhere. No sympathy.
When I need something, I ask for it. When I need a break, I take one. When there is too much to handle, I ask for help. You should do the same. We are all in the same boat. Maybe there is a different person rowing, but we're all right there. STROKE! STROKE! STROKE!
The way I grew up was totally honest. No games. It may seem abrupt to some, but we get our point across. You can pout and talk about me and try to buck the system, but I guarantee that I'll get farther with honest truths.
I'm just sayin'.