April 07, 2014
I finshed reading Cheryl Richardson's book, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, over the weekend. This book is meant to be read in its entirety and then every month for a year, a principle with the exercises are to be practiced. I felt like I could have written the introduction of this book, it all sounded so familiar. There are many good principles found within this book, but one in particular stuck out for me.
Asking for and receiving help.
Something that seems so simple, yet, I've always had a hard time asking for and receiving help. Why don't I ask for help? I don't want to make someone feel obligated to help me. I don't want to feel like I'm being a burden. Why do I decline someone's offer to help? It's not because I don't need or want their help. I really would love the help, but I don't want to put them out. Most of the time, I feel there is not a way for me to return the favor.
How well do you ask for and receive help? Do you notice high anxiety levels when you really could use help, but are afraid to ask for or receive that help? How many times have you pushed yourself beyond your capabilities because you didn't want to ask for help?
August 24, 2017
Iris, yes, totally agree that does sting being turned down when you need help.
That sounds like an interesting book! I too find it very hard to ask for, and receive help. It’s partly not wanting to burden people, and also wanting to control things and finding it hard to trust. And I guess also asking for help and being denied in a moment of vulnerability, that stings.
And all the references she provides in the book could be another years with of reading!
I agree, that’s a good book!
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