I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.
Today’s tip is to be willing to ask for help when you need it.
I struggle with this. I rarely ask for help, but when I added this tip to the list a month ago, I started to think about this on a more regular basis. I still don’t do this enough, but I got better.
I was busy at work and asked someone else to handle something for me. In the past, I’d work longer hours and find a way to just handle the stress and workload. Thanks to my co-worker for helping out.
I was putting in some fence recently and took a few minutes to ask a kid to help with the work. Again, I usually just work harder on my own.
Same day, actually was tired (fencing in 90F/30C is hard) and asked another kid to cook dinner. They handled it.
Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but it’s also not my default action, even when I need it. I’m learning to be better.