How to Build Your DREAM Support Team
In so many cultures, talking about creating a personal support team sounds totally strange because it's already a part of their daily life. But here, in our Wester society, where independence is valued from such a young age, we are often made to feel as though reaching out to ask for help is a sign of weakness.
Benefits of having a support team:
- You will be more effective both in your family and work life because you won't be going "lone wolf"
- You will keep your resolutions
- You will weather challenges with more ease
- You will stay healthy on all levels- Physically, mentally, and emotionally
- You will feel less isolated
- You will be less likely to experience burnout
- You will role model for your kids how important it is to ask for and receive support as well as help others.
Take out an oversized sheet of paper, draw a big circle and put a photo of yourself in the middle of the circle.
Using whatever pens, crayons, or pencils that feel good to create with, draw "rays of support" moving out from your picture to the outer edges of the circle (like spokes on a wheel.) On each ray write the name of someone who can support you. This will be a quick guide for you to use when you are needing support.
Your support team may include:
- Teachers, instructors, trainers
- Friends with kids
- Parenting groups
- House cleaner
- Book clubs
- Spiritual guide
- Financial consultant
- Online support
- Family members
- Meal co-ops
- Personal errand services
- Body work specialists (OB-gyn, chiropractor, acupuncturist nutritionist...)
Remember to post your drawing where you can see it on a daily basis to remind yourself that you are NOT alone.
We are in this together!!!