So, here’s the thing. Knowing when to ask for help can be tricky, and this is true for the many ways we can need it. Whether in business, and accepting when it’s time to hire more onto your team (YAY!) or in your personal life, if you’re needing support around the house or additional support from a medical team, asking for what you’re NEEDING can be a tough mountain to climb.
But looking at it from the flip side is key: in what ways are you NOT asking for help negatively impacting your life? For us, we feel the effects of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm physically in our bodies. We feel it emotionally. Which leads everyone around us to feel it emotionally, too.
It would be so easy for us to say, “When you start to feel like (insert emotion here), that’s your trigger to seek help.” But come on, we know all too well that it’s not how it works, and we’re JUST as guilty for this. But we also like to think that in our moments of clarity, we will reach out for help.
Here are just a few ways we did this year, and hopefully, one or two might resonate with you and encourage you to seek whatever help you need.
One of the books we read often with Remi is this silly book called “I Am Helpful” and it talks about the ways in which this girl, probably around 10, is helpful as her family welcomes a new baby (in addition to her twin brothers). It goes on about how she can help them and that not only helps them but also her parents. But the part that’s sticking out right now is one that says, “Helping myself is another way I can be helpful” – in essence, doing right by yourself, first and foremost, is one of the best ways to be helpful. Accept that asking for help is absolutely no sign of weakness and that it’s actually a strength that you’re able to recognize in your life.