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10 Valuable Kinds of Help to Improve Your Life

We like to think we can do it all ourselves. Is that just me? Seriously though, we’re human. No one can do it all themselves. Enlisting help is part of our experience whether we embrace it or not. If you’re overwhelmed, stressed or just plain tired of going it alone, this list of potential help outlets could be just the thing you need make a change. Which one sounds good to you?


10 Valuable Kinds of Help . . .

Organizing Help - If organizing skills are challenging for you, reaching out to a professional organizer for help can be one of the best investments you’ll make. Why not hire an organizer that you can learn from, work with, and get the support you need to reach your goals? I’d love to help you. If I'm not the right fit, please contact one of my ICD or NAPO colleagues. For organizers based outside the United States find additional referrals through POC, JALO, NBPO, AAPO, POAA, or APDO-UK.


Accountability Help – Maybe you know what you want to accomplish, but are struggling by going solo. Enlisting help from an accountability partner such as a coach, friend or colleague to check-in with can be the magic solution for getting there.


Mental Health Help – Many of us live with or live with those that struggle with mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, hoarding disorder, or OCD. Having a trained professional on your help team is essential. The right type of support can make all the difference for you and your loved ones. NAMI and ICD are two great resources for mental health information and education.


Maintenance Help – If you don’t have the know-how or time to make repairs, maintain your home, or renovate, hire someone to help. If you’re handy, go to it, but for many of us, finding that trusted repairperson makes life less stressful so that we can get that leak fixed fast and focus on what we do best.


Momentary Help – Remember the last time your arms were full of groceries, pocketbook and keys while exiting a store? Then a stranger offered to hold the door for you. You accepted that fleeting moment of help, felt grateful, and expressed your thanks. There are small opportunities each day to graciously accept and appreciate small gestures of help. It gives you the chance to pay it forward.


Health Help – Whether it’s a chronic medical condition, temporary illness, nutrition issue, or exercise challenge, finding a professional that can guide and support you can greatly improve the quality of your life. We tend to take better care of our cars than we do our bodies. What type of health help do you need?


Transportation Help – I’m grateful for being self-sufficient and able to drive myself where I need to go, but recently I’ve encountered some situations when I needed help. The list included help from tow trucks, car rental companies, auto repair shops, car services, car dealers, taxis, and my husband to get me from place to place. Case in point- we all need help sometimes.


Financial Help – As savvy as you are, maybe you need help in the form of a bookkeeper, accountant or financial planner. We’re not all numbers people. And even if we are, we might not have the time to handle everything ourselves. This is a great opportunity for enlisting help and delegating.


Compassion Help – Emily Kimbrough said, “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” There’s nothing quite like receiving a hug or being with a friend who has a non-judgmental listening ear when we’re struggling. Your friends will be there to help when you need them and you can reciprocate the gift when they need you.


Laughter Help Studies show that laughter is good for your health. It can lower your stress level, improve your memory, and burn calories. Do you need help adding more laughter into your day? How about getting together with friends that make you laugh, watching a funny video on YouTube, or taking a Comedy Improv class?

Help comes in many forms and from many sources. Which of these resonate with you? What are some of your favorite sources for help that I haven’t listed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.






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I had to learn to accept help when I had children. When life gets complex, accessing resources is the key to success.Two additions popped into my head:

Professional Help: Many professions have associations where members can share ideas and provide support.

Spiritual Help: Studies, places of worship, and online resources can be very valuable for those seeking to grow in faith.

Another terrific post, Linda!

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

This is a wonderful and helpful post, Linda. Sometimes when you're really desperate for help it's hard to know what kind of help you need and where to find such help. I know I get overwhelmed from time to time with all that I have on my plate. A few years ago I asked a friend to be my accountability partner. She helps me figure out how to divide and conquer those things which are making me feel that way. Then together we set goals. It's good for me to know that she is there for me. I am her accountability partner also so it's a two way street. We help each other.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Thank you for this reminder and so many helpful resources! I would add, Physical Help - my body can't do some movements as easily as it once could and there is daily pain in specific areas. Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, Pilates Instructors, Active Release Therapists are my go to resources to help alleviate the pain. For my work--professional organizing--it meant enlisting subcontractors to help with the "heavy lifting" and not doing "it all" myself.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterANNE Blumer

I truly believe momentary help is a great boost, not only to you when you need it, but to the person who is helping, making others feel helpful is a help in its self.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Such an informative post! As a social worker, I like that you recognized help for mental health needs. Also, 211, a national toll-free, confidential referral and information helpline is a great resource to connect you with local supports.

August 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

So amazing to read all of your comments and additions. I appreciate learning from you.

@Seana- Professional, family, and spiritual health. Excellent additions to the "help" list!

@Diane- You make a good point that the times we're most overwhelmed, it's difficult to even identify what type of help we need. So often I'll receive a call and they'll say, "I don't know if you are even the right person to help, but this is the challenge I have…"

@Anne- Physical help…adding to the list! What is Active Release Therapy? Tell me more.

@Jill- The give and take of helping and receiving… a beautiful dynamic.

@Sarah- Thank you for sharing the national resource, 211. In the organizing profession, it's essential to understand when a client might need help outside the scoop of our expertise.

August 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I truly believe momentary help is a great boost, not only to you when you need it, but to the person who is helping, making others feel helpful is a help in its self.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSciatica Treatment Denver

Such a timely post. Thank you for the reminder that we can all use help sometimes and, for the resources to reach out and receive help.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNettie Owens

There are so many kinds of help. I love to know that there are so many options.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

I am very glad that you mentioned NAMI. They have an excellent Family-to-Family program for individuals with a family member who has a mental health challenge, and they are doing an excellent job of working to eliminate stigma against mental illness.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

This is a wonderful and helpful post, Linda. Sometimes when you're really desperate for help it's hard to know what kind of help you need and where to find such help. I know I get overwhelmed from time to time with all that I have on my plate.

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I stepped away for some "vacation help" and returned to all your wonderful additions to the conversation. Great to hear from you!

@Sciatica Treatment- Wonderful that you can provide pain relief to those in need. Chronic pain in particular is emotionally and physically draining.

@Nettie- Giving and receiving help is part of being human. Knowing that we have capabilities for both is essential.

@Ellen- Yes. Many choices and options for help. I just mentioned a few and am glad to hear about others that have been suggested.

@Janet- Eliminating the mental illness stigma is so important. Every one is touched by it whether it's a family member, friend or themselves. Acceptance, along with resources for help are so important.

@Karen- I'm so glad you found this post helpful. You're not alone. The idea of overwhelm and not knowing what type of help is needed or where to get it is something I hear often. Diane mentioned that too. Sometimes when we begin reaching out, during our search we are pointed in the right direction. Often people call me saying, "I need help but am not even sure if can help." I listen and ask a lot of questions. If I'm not the right person, I refer them to someone else who is or point them towards a potential resource.

August 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thanks for including this insightful list on POBC! I especially appreciate momentary help, as well as random and deliberate acts of kindness. Our world is often harsh and hurtful. I want to always take the physical time and emotional energy to offer kindness and compassion.

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOlive Wagar

@Olive- You're most welcome. Thank you for stopping by to share your lovely thoughts about deliberately offering kindness and compassion to others. You make the world a better place.

June 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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