How to Ask for Help When You Need It
Having a good support system is crucial when you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. It can be overwhelming, to say the least, dealing with the practical, emotional, and mental challenges of psoriatic disease on your own. Let’s face it: There are going to be bad days; and, sometimes, we all need help getting through them. But offering support doesn’t come naturally to everyone––and neither does asking for it.
Allow Yourself to Be Vulnerable
“Asking for help requires vulnerability,” says Amy Rollo, a family counselor in Houston, Texas. “Sending the message, ‘I’m having difficulty and need assistance’ involves sharing a side of ourselves that we might not want others to see. Many people see vulnerability as a weakness.”
But in fact, the opposite is true. “Showing vulnerability takes strength,” Rollo says. So, switching up your mindset may make asking for help a little easier. “It takes courage to ask for help—remember that when you need extra support,” Rollo says.