Asking For Help: 4 Easy Ways To Do It

March 2, 2020

Life can be messy sometimes. It gets scary and busy, with the pressure from jobs and people and social expectations being a little too much. One minute, you’re bossing it, and in control of your career and the next, you’re drowning a little, and you have nothing to grab onto to stop it from happening. When this happens, bit by bit, depression claws its way in and settles where it really shouldn’t settle, and you turn to something to ease the pain.

Trying to find the right words to ask someone for help is not easy, especially when the sadness and drowning feeling happens so gradually that you don’t realise it is happening to you. The thing is, it’s easy to believe that you’re alone and trying to cope with this period of life. It’s easy to think that you're the only person ever to experience that scary drowning feeling. It’s also very easy to try and block out feelings with other things. We’re here to tell you that you cannot drown your sadness in the bottom of a wine glass. You need some help, and it’s right there in front of you if you’re willing to look. So, while making that very first step and admitting that you have a problem is hard, you can do it. Let’s check out four ways you can ask for help right now - before it gets worse.
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  • Opening up to your friends and your family is the first thing to do. You don’t have to tell someone that your Friday night has become wine night if you don’t want to, but you should tell someone how you are feeling. They may be able to talk you into a womens addiction treatment program to get you started. They may also be able to go with you to drop you off. Support is critical for this to work, but it begins by talking to people around you.
  • If you can’t face your friends and family, consider joining a support group. The presence of strangers can often be a comfort to those needing help. You know that there is no judgement here, and it’s unlikely that you’ll run into anyone you know. This can be a big help if embarrassment is a factor for you.
  • Sometimes, the crippling pain of depression can stop you from leaving the house. That’s okay! You can take baby steps when you reach out and call a support helpline. There are plenty of mental health support helplines out there from which you can benefit. They'll be able to talk to you until you’re strong enough to go for a group or talk to your family. It can make a massive difference to your health, too, as there is no pressure to show up anywhere. You don’t need any more pressure on you right now.
  • Sometimes, reading the stories of others can keep us going. Go online and see what you can find. Stories can show you that you can and will come out of this period of your life, and you will be just fine if you believe in yourself.

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