How good are you at asking for help?

How good are you at asking for help?

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Being a good caregiver doesn’t mean you have to take on all the caregiving responsibilities by yourself, and yet, so many think that asking for help makes them appear weak and disorganized. On the contrary – when you need it, asking for help as a caregiver helps make you a better caregiver. 

Take this quiz to learn how good you are at asking for caregiver help!  

Do you talk to your close friends and family and share with them when you have any difficulties in your life?
Do you often feel like you have more to do in a day than is possible?
In the past week, how many times have you asked someone to help you with even a small task?
When you do ask for help, how does it make you feel?
Out of the following options, what is the most important to you?

You may be having a hard time asking for help

You’re someone that takes on a lot, and by feeling responsible for so many things, this can lead you to a place of stress. This can make it difficult for you as a caregiver, because it takes a lot of work and mental energy to handle everything on your own. When you’re someone who has a hard time asking for help, you may even be turning away help when it is offered. That is a good first step - try to share more with your close friends and family, and if they offer assistance, be sure to accept it. Be specific when when deciding on tasks where they can help, and have them take on specific tasks you are confident they can handle.


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You could be asking for help more effectively

You have a good sense of where you’d like to be, but aren’t quite sure how to get there. Try making a list of friends and family and how they could be of assistance to you. Thinking this through can help you identify ways that they can help you that you hadn’t previously thought of.


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You are doing a good job of asking for help

You’re doing a good job of asking for help and sharing with your friends and family, which is awesome! If you’re still finding that you could use help with keeping everything organized, try making a list of the various people you have that can help you and their areas of strength or expertise. When you’re in a place where you’re managing well, it’s a great time to plan for the future to make sure your supports are ready for whatever the future brings.


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