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Asking for Help: Worth the Risk?

“Asking for help does not mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence.” ~Anne Wilson Schaef

“Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.” ~Ric Ocasek

It is human nature to need company, connection, empathy, understanding, and support. If our needs are not met for a period of time, we develop coping mechanisms, one of which is emotional eating. Using food for company or to calm down can be very effective for a while. But if we want to let go of emotional eating, the first step is to become aware of our needs without judging them, and the next step is compassionate self-care to meet those needs. Often, this means asking for help. That’s right—asking for help!

Asking for help is not the easiest thing to do. Acknowledging that we have certain needs is already difficult; reaching out for help can feel daunting.

Asking for help means letting someone else into our lives, admitting we cannot rely solely on ourselves. It means entering into a silent agreement with someone else, saying, essentially,

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About Ellen Shuman

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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