How to Ask for Help When You Need It

We All Need Help at Some Point in Life

We all need a little help sometimes, whether it’s talking out relationship problems, getting physical care during an illness or moving across town. Asking for help, however, isn’t so easy. That’s because most of us operate under the assumption that we got this when it comes to life’s tough moments no matter what. But help is exactly what you need when you’re struggling. You just have to buck up and ask for it. Here’s how.

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Recognize That You Need Help

Being honest with yourself is the first step in asking for and receiving help. If you’re feeling down to the point that you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, or so stressed that you can barely sleep, you likely need reinforcements to swoop in and give you a little assistance.

Swallow Your Pride

Maybe you’re the person in your family or group of friends who has it all together—at least on the surface. You’re the strong, capable person everyone else looks up to. Surely, asking for help will make you come off as weak, right? Wrong. Asking for help is one of the bravest things a person can do, especially if you’re the type who seems super solid on the outside. Being vulnerable, admitting that you can’t do everything alone and letting other people in will actually make others respect you more, not less.

Choose Wisely

It’s important to pick the right person to help you. Your choice should be based on your situation or the particular challenge you’re facing. You may be able to call your mom or your best friend in some cases while, in others, you may need the professional guidance of a psychic, therapist or counselor. Be sure that whoever you choose is someone who has your best interests in mind, is someone you can trust and is someone whose opinion you truly value.

Be Open-Minded

Sometimes, when you ask for help, the person who’s assisting you may go about things differently than how you expected them to—or chooses to help you in a way that seems strange to you. Just like when you ask someone for advice, you may hear something you don’t necessarily want to hear, sometimes the help you receive isn’t what you planned but it’s what you need. Rather than resisting how the person wants to help you, embrace his or her strategy.

Show Appreciation and Return the Favor

Show your appreciation to the person who helped you out: You might treat this person to lunch, send flowers or just tell him or her sincerely how much their help really meant to you. The best way to say thank you is to encourage this person (if he or she is a friend or family member and not a pro) to call on you for help in return. Being there for others is one of the best gifts you can give to the people you love—especially since asking for help doesn’t come naturally to most of us.

2 thoughts on “How to Ask for Help When You Need It

  1. Quinn ext.5484Psychic Quinn

    This article brings a lot to light – asking for help can be uncomfortable no doubt. One way to avoid discomfort is to pay for the help if you can.
    When a person is helping they are getting benefits as well… often when a person helps another it brings a sense of wellbeing to the helper that they are doing something good. Good deeds in the karma bank 🙂
    It really is a two way street with giving and getting help.
    Best,
    -quinn

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