Reaching out for help can be someone's literal nightmare, but it doesn't have to be. Life is going to try to break you down and that is just a fact that we all must face. While life may be trying to bring you down, your friends can help you stand up in the face of negativity. I know from personal experience just how important it is to ask for help, so here are five reasons why it's okay to need someone.
1. It's unhealthy to internalize negative emotions.
Most psychologists try to veer people away from continuous ranting and raving, but venting in a healthy manner could potentially be helpful. It has been suggested that rationalizing thoughts and calmly discussing could not only help you feel better, but you could also find a solution to your problems. Bottling up your feelings could possibly lead to increased anger, anxiety or even resentment towards the situation.
2. Your friends can offer you advice.
Chances are someone you know has been in the same or a similar situation that you are. It is very possible that they could help you in some way. They could also have insight into a situation that you may not know anything about. It's okay to not know what to do or to be confused, that's why it's important to reach out to them.
3. Your friends actually want to help you.
Contrary to what you might think, your friends may legitimately want to help you. They wouldn't be friends with you if they didn't care about you. But don't expect them to just help you, sometimes you have to ask for it and that is perfectly okay. I know that it can be unnerving but just ask, it won't hurt anything and it could lead to a better situation.
4. Your friends love you.
You have people in your life that love you. I know it can be hard to believe this but there are people in this world that love you for who you are. They love you and care about your well-being, so don't be afraid of leaning on them for support. Friends like this are valuable to have.
5. You are not alone in this world.
This is something that I have personally dealt with and let me tell you, you are never alone. You may sit up at night and think that no one cares, that you are going through this life all by yourself but you are wrong. There are people out there who want the best for you. There are people who are willing to help you no matter what and you just have to know that they are there. Please do not think that that you have to deal with the mess of life all alone because more than likely someone is just a phone call away.
I sincerely hopes this helps at least one person and gives them the courage to seek help if they need it. I know that I wouldn't be anywhere without my best friends, in fact, they are the ones who taught me how to reach out for help. Always remember, you are loved and you are never alone.