7 Ways to Ask for Help When You're Feeling DownBy Rachel Wells
Sometimes needing help can put you in a vulnerable place, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Globally, depression affects up to 300 million people, and 1 in 13 people suffer from anxiety, according to the World Health Organization. Although the disorders are treatable, less than half actually receive treatment. Despite efforts to erase negative stigmas around mental health, the faulty assumption sticks and can be a main barrier to those seeking support. To make getting the support you deserve easier, here are seven ways to ask for help when you’re feeling down.
Determine What You Need from Friends and Family
Before reaching out, consider what you need most: a conversation, a hug, both? The more specific you can be, the better your loved ones can support you. Here are a few examples.
1. “Hey, I haven’t been feeling great lately, and think I need help from a friend. Could we plan a weekly face-to-face meetup or phone call? I think it would have a positive impact on me.”
Recent studies have shown loneliness can create stress in the body and have a negative impact on health, so human connection is crucial for your well-being. The meetups don’t need to be fancy, just something that allows for repetition and quality time, such as an after-work tea.
2. “Hey there. I haven’t been feeling great lately, so could I ask you a favor? Could you text me each morning to check in on how I’m doing? I think it’ll help me quite a bit.”