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Overcoming the Fear of Asking for Support

Overcoming the Fear of Asking for Support | Libero Magazine

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This month we’re talking about mental barriers and tips on breaking through some of the big ones. In this video I share my biggest mental barrier: the fear of asking for support.

This got in the way of me initially coming out about my struggles, got in the way of me asking for support throughout recovery, and to this day still can get in the way of me reaching out to people when I’m in need of a hand.

What am I usually afraid of? My assumptions, or “expectations” of what people will think: they’re going to judge me, think less of me, lose respect for me, overreact etc…

What has (and still is) helping me overcome this fear? The reality: people are more understanding than I think.

If anything, opening up and being honest helps people connect with me, helps me feel connected, and truly was a lifesaver throughout recovery.

Whenever I feel the fear settling in, I remind myself that my expectations rarely line up with reality, and I reach out for support anyways. And I never regret it.

Have you reached out for support and had a positive experience? Share in the comments below to encourage others who may share this fear!


Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.

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