How do I know if I need help?

How do I know if I need help?

Trying to talk about our problems isn’t always easy. For some, it can be very difficult to express what is going on with their thoughts and emotions. For others, the problem may be that they don’t have anyone they feel they can talk to.

It might even be that you could be someone who needs help, but haven’t yet realised it. Especially if you are the type of person that people gravitate towards to talk about their issues; your natural affinity to help and listen may make you blind to your own needs.

In such situations, even if you are an introspective person, you might simply not have the time to think about your own needs. This is a common problem for many people who have a natural affinity to help others. They have a tendency to overlook their own needs and concerns; often to the point it becomes its own problem.

This could lead to excessive worry and anxiety. You could end up losing sleep and having it affecting your own emotional, mental, and physical health. When this happens, your ability to help others may become compromised, even if your will is still there.

You have to make it a point to find time for yourself, because the events in your life aren’t going to work themselves out in a way for you to do so. You’ll need this time to reflect and think about what’s going on in your life. By force of habit or obligation, you may feel the need to think about other people’s problems; but you should put those thoughts away and reserve this time for yourself. Sometimes, setting a specific time in the day can help you with this.

How you use this time will be up to you, but you should take this opportunity to gather your thoughts and feelings. Take account of things happening in your life, and your own feelings and thoughts on it. You may not even need to do anything. Sometimes just giving yourself the space to think about these things help to organise your thoughts and feelings. Other times, it may reveal you need to find someone to talk to.

Keep in mind that when you help people, sometimes, their problems may end up triggering something in your; perhaps a past trauma. You shouldn’t ignore this and should put in the time and effort to get some help, if you feel you need it.

Remember that your happiness is also important.

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