When it comes to seeking help, young men can feel a lot of pressure to tough it out and deal with their problems on their own. This can be especially difficult if they are struggling with mental health issues or other issues that make them feel ashamed or embarrassed.
However, there are many benefits to seeking help from professionals, friends, or family
members. Asking others for help generally tends to be better than trying to go at your problems alone.
If you’re a young man who is struggling, here are some tips on how you can ask for help.
Be honest with yourself
The first step is to be honest with yourself. You need to be honest in your feelings and acknowledge if anything feels off.
It can be tough for many to admit there’s something wrong with them or feel different. However, if you feel that something is off, you should do some deep introspection.
You should ask yourself if anything’s changed compared to your normal behavior. Maybe you’re eating, or sleeping habits have changed. You might find yourself more irritable or sluggish. Have you developed any addictions? It doesn’t have to be to drugs and could be an addiction to something like video games or porn. Anything that feels different, and a change for the worst, should raise a red flag and be a point of concern.
Talk to someone you trust
If you feel you can talk to someone, consider having a chat with someone you trust.
Talking to someone you trust can be a great way to start dealing with your problems when you’re having a tough time. This could be a friend, family member, or therapist.
Talking to someone about what you’re going through can help you feel better and can also help you get some helpful advice. It can also be a great way to release any emotions that you’re feeling, such as stress or frustration.
Write down the issues you are struggling with
If you can’t talk about your problems, you should consider writing them down.
It can be helpful to have the things you’re struggling with laid out in front of you in a physical format. It helps to visually see the things you feel are causing you distress, and writing your problems provides that outlet.
When you’re writing out your issues, you might want to give them a rating or ranking based on their severity. This can help you figure out what you’re struggling with the most.
Find a therapist
If you feel like you need more help than what your friends or family can provide, you could also consider looking for a therapist.
Many therapists specialize in working with young men, which can be especially helpful if you’re struggling with mental or emotional issues. It generally helps to talk to someone who can understand the problems you are going through and can offer advice based on anecdotal experiences.
Reach out to a doctor or medical professional
If you don’t feel ready to talk to a therapist, you could go to your primary doctor or another medical professional for a checkup.
Going for routine checkups is always a good practice to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A medical professional could also help identify any issue you might have physically or mentally. You wouldn’t technically be asking for help either. If you provide your medical professional with the symptoms you’re experiencing, they could help identify the problem and provide you with some solutions.
It’s tough to try and deal with all of your problems on your on, but for men, this behavior tends to be encouraged.
However, it’s not a weakness to ask for help, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. It takes true strength and courage to admit something’s wrong and ask for help.
At the very least, you should think about what you owe to yourself. You need to consider your health, and if there’s something negatively impacting it, you should seek help.