Long walks 💛 so good for my soul. -
I had a thought recently about helping others. So many of us are seeing needs and jumping in, offering to help. Helping someone else can bring us so much joy. It feels good to do something for another person. However, there can be times when we don’t know how to help a friend, family member or stranger who we know might be struggling. We have a tendency to say that age old line: “Let me know if you need anything.” And at times we really do mean it. BUT! To the person who is struggling, often it becomes hard for them to then come back and ask for help (asking while struggling could contribute to feelings of guilt or shame), or even be able to sort out exactly what all the needs are, depending on the struggle. It’s almost like handing someone with anxiety a blank check and telling them to figure out what donation amount they need and get back to us, leaving them with the responsibility of figuring out what is enough to be able to help but also what’s not asking too much of us. -
Let me pose this idea: they are already struggling so they don’t need the extra worry. So why don’t we try this: the next time you know that someone might be struggling or is in need of some extra help, offer exactly what you were willing or able to do for them. Don’t just hand them a blank check. If you’re able to send/deliver food or make a meal, then offer to do so. Perhaps they just need someone to talk to, tell them you’re a phone call away. Maybe finances are a worry, offer exactly what you can do.
One thing to remember is don’t pressure anyone. Just offer. They can always say no. But it may just do a world of good. o. Of course, many may have needs that we just won’t be able to recognize or acknowledge and at that point, you can always say: “Please just let me know how I can help.” 💛
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