Hope :: Seek Help

It’s hard to admit to yourself that you just might need some help. For many – myself included – it’s even more difficult to ask others for help.

This help can come in many forms. Today, I’m going to focus on mental health issues and counseling.

Yes, it can be embarrassing to try to find a counselor because we don’t want to admit we’re struggling. Yes, it can be hard to open up to a complete stranger. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, though.

Here are some tips and thoughts from my own experiences:

  • Counselors WANT to help you
  • Chances are, your counselor has heard a story similar to yours and isn’t out of his/her depth when it comes to helping you work through it.
  • Counselors aren’t just going to tell you what to do – they help you find your way but the choices are ultimately up to you.
  • Sometimes you have to try a few different counselors. You won’t click with everyone. You need to find someone you feel comfortable with.
  • If they give you suggestions, TRY THEM. Even if… no, especially if it’s out of your comfort zone.

Seeking help doesn’t mean you’re weak or a failure. On the contrary, it means you recognize that something isn’t quite right and want to become your best self.

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