Some of hold a deep sense of independence. If we lose our car keys, we take an Uber instead of asking for a nearby friend to carpool with us to work. If we run out of money, we take an advanced payment from work or a small loan instead of asking a family member for help. Some of these inconvenient moments in life could have been made simpler by asking those that we love to help us, but we are still able to manage the situation and get through it effectively. There are some instances, however, that require support from others to ensure our safety and well-being.
For those of us who suffer from a mental illness, whether we have been diagnosed or not, the symptoms can be devastating. Some days, we may not feel like getting out of bed – other days, we may feel so irritable and angry and have no idea why. With mental illness, our emotions can seem like a rollercoaster, and we are along for the ride, whether we like it or not. If we feel too depressed, we may feel like shutting ourselves inside and hiding from the world. On days like these, we must reach out to others. Human connection is a powerful thing and can make us feel loved, cared for, and valued. Even if we feel like nobody cares, there is always someone out there who wants to help make a difference in someone’s life. There may even be people out there that care about us, and we have no idea because the symptoms of our mental illness warp that perception for us.
By asking for help, we are opening a world of possibilities. Who knows – asking for help might bring us closer to a friend, family member, or stranger, giving us an even stronger support system. Asking someone for help could also mean learning of a new tool or strategy to overcome the challenges of our illness – something that we didn’t even know existed. In addition, asking for help means that we can help someone else in return. The person that we ask for help might have been feeling upset as well, and by helping us they now feel a deeper sense of purpose. This, in turn, may help us to feel purposeful and happy in knowing that we connected with another human being.
The next time that you are feeling upset, anxious, scared, depressed, or anything other than happy – consider asking someone for help. It could be as simple as asking for a hug on a difficult day, asking for a funny joke or inspirational quote to get you through, or asking for guidance on a challenging situation. No matter the instance – people love helping people, and there are tons of people out there wanting to help you.
Recovery is yours when you start to do the work. At a treatment facility in the New Vista Behavioral Health family, you will be supported with staff and programming held to higher standards, providing exceptional care for better outcomes. Life is yours for living. Start making a change today by calling: 866-926-1498