Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived Galatians 6:3 (The Message)
Yesterday we talked about building a team to help during those difficult times when anxiety or depression gets to feel overwhelming. I tell my clients to reach out to some trusted others whom they can confide in and rely upon for help when needed. The beauty of having these resources is that the knowledge of having them is almost as effective as using them. You know that if things get really hard, your team will back you up. That request may be a phone call, a text, an email, a visit- whatever seems to fit for the situation.
I suggest that clients contact their small team and actually convene them together to discuss the goal of the support team. That way, everyone knows that they are not alone, and that none will feel “overburdened” by a request for help.
This is also a team to whom I tell my clients to be honest with about the fact that they do not want to burden their friends. Here, they can get the reassurance that this is not a burden, but that they love their friend and are there to help. I know that my clients will likely be reluctant to ask for help, and I let them know that everyone knows this to be true, and that the reason they are there is to help.
One does not need to convene a group all together in order to ask for help from the team. This can be done individually also. I just think that there may be value in all the team knowing one another.
The point is this. No one should have to suffer alone, especially when there are people in your life who truly want to help. Asking for help is the first step- the humility step. Honestly, when one has gotten to this point, they are already on the road to healing and help.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the plan that we survive and thrive as a team. Help us to have the humility and strength to make the ask, Amen.