- Mental Health
Helping Those You Can Relate To
The Sharing Of One's Experiences to Help Others
As I mentioned in another one of my articles, it is important that we help each other. What I have found is even more important is that people with similar problems stick together. As human beings, we want to be able to share our experiences with others that have been in our shoes and have advice on how to handle certain situations. For example, while I surely do not want anyone to suffer with anxiety, I know others do, and to be able to converse with others and for us to share our experiences with one another can be very helpful.
You may be wondering that if you deal with a certain issue, how you will be helpful in talking to someone else who struggles with a similar problem. After all, you may think that since you too have had moments when you feel that you will never get through your obstacles, that you have nothing to offer someone else. The fact of the matter is, that this is not true. In fact, it is the sufferers of similar issues that can help each other the most. I know others that struggle with anxiety; who know what I go through. The fact that there are other people who go through what I do is not only comforting, but can be beneficial since they have managed to work through this issue at one point or another and can help, just as I can help them.
Being able to relate to someone is a wonderful feeling. Recently I helped someone who is going through a rough time and worrying about an upcoming event. Since I have gone through a similar situation in the past, I was able to give her some advice and let her know that I understood where she was coming from. Do I wish that she didn’t have to struggle? Of course! Does it help to know that others can benefit from my experience and that I am also not alone in my struggles? Yes.
It felt good to be able to help this individual. There have been so many times when I was anxious and someone to give me advice. Luckily, I have someone in my family that was there for me in that situation and my family in general is very supportive. However, I must admit that there is a difference between getting help from someone that doesn’t fully understand what you go through and someone who comes pretty close. While it is true that anyone who is kind and willing to help is welcomed to do so, it is even more helpful when someone understands very much the feelings that are brought on by what you specifically suffer with. Perhaps the person I helped did not have the exact same form of anxiety as I do, but she was going through a very similar situation and as I said, I was happy I could help her know that she was not alone.
Helping someone who suffers from an exact or similar issue as you do is beneficial in more than one way. For one thing, offering assistance to someone who you truly understand because you’ve been down the same road as they have, helps you to realize that you are not alone. Additionally, helping someone else and knowing that you’ve helped makes you understand that you have the ability to both help others and help yourself. Most importantly, however, is the fact that just as you have suffered and hoped that someone would help you, you can and should help others who also struggle. We each hope that someone will share their experiences with us and help us get through the obstacles that hold us back the most.
Have You Ever Helped Someone With Similar Issues As Yourself? Do You Find This Helpful and Rewarding?
Benefits of Helping Others With Similar Problems
-You and the other individual will be relieved to know that you are not alone in your struggles.
-You and the person you are helping can relate to one another and therefore help each other.
-You can make good friends that you can trust.
-You can help others and feel good that you could do something for them.
-Helping others helps you to realize that you can help others and yourself.