Asking For Help Is Cool
We’ve all been there: an assignment you can’t quite finish, a math problem you don’t understand, or a project that you don’t even know how to start. Or even outside of school, you may be confronted with situations that you just aren’t quite sure how to navigate. For all these times, there’s one sure-fire solution: asking for help.
That being said, asking for help doesn’t come easily to everyone. While there may not be any one right way to do it, the most critical step is being willing and open to asking for help. Read on to learn more about it!
There are plenty of reasons to ask for help if you feel you need it:
Save time. – Take it from us, asking for help can save you hours of time you might be wasting by tackling a problem alone. Sometimes, a second perspective is all you need to get everything to click in your head, and you’ll be off and running to finish it on your own – and meeting those deadlines!
Learn better. – Especially in school, asking for help can be a life-saver. Of course, we’ve all tried to Wikihow or Youtube-tutorial our way out of a challenging concept, but these aren’t always the best ways to learn a challenging concept. By asking for help from someone you know and trust, you’ll be able to get more personalized assistance than you can from Google! Just look at what this teacher had to say about the value of students asking for help.
Reduce stress. – The stress and frustration that comes from not knowing the how to take on a problem can take its toll on your mind and body. Asking for help is an easy fix that can help clarify difficult concepts that have been wracking your brain for weeks, or that can simplify a task that seemed insurmountable before.
Live better. – Asking for help is a life skill, but it is often difficult for many of us. Perhaps we think that others’ opinions of us might change based on what we ask for help with, or how often we ask – even adults have to be reminded that asking for help improves our lives. But asking for help can be incredibly valuable in your decision-making process and for your overall well-being and success with whatever challenges you may be confronted with – school, college, work, leisure activities, and of course, your own physical, mental and emotional health.
Who you can go to for help will of course, depends on what kind of help you need. Like we said, some parts of the internet may not be the wisest places to seek advice. Students and young people, you inevitably have a support system in place that can you can lean on if you feel yourself starting to wobble. Teachers and school counselors are always valuable resources, but so too are family and friends that may have experience in the same sorts of issues. If nothing else, they may be able to help point out where you can find the help you need and support you in the process. (And of course, we here at Meemli have your back too for help in the academic areas.)
It’s almost always better to ask for help as soon as you feel you need it, since all the benefits we described can come your way a bit faster. But it’s important to remember also that it’s never too late to ask either. Your support network is always there to help you try and succeed in any way that they can, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Nobody can be an expert on everything, even Superman asks Batman for help sometimes!
So, next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you don’t have to do it all on your own. Think about who might be helpful with your specific and go ask! How do you feel about asking for help? Let us know in the comments!