Sometimes life is super stressful and you need a little help to get by or stand up again. I too go through rough patches of lacking enthusiasm, feeling totally unmotivated and also a little unhappy. Luckily, there are many ways to pick yourself up (I don't mean grabbing that energy drink!!).
However, the energy to help yourself is often a lot harder to muster up than the energy needed to help someone else. And you know what? helping others can jumpstart your positive energies and make you happy too! So, the next time someone asks you, "Can you help me?", I want to hear an enthusiastic YES from you! And here's why.
..coz, it doesn't affect us, it doesn't scare us or make us anxious.
Absurdly, you manage to muster up an incredible amount of love for those around you, while often struggling a bit with self-love. That is okay - practice being human first with another and then with yourself. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow, as we all know.
You encourage your friend to take that bold step of applying for her dream design job, even though you haven't dared it yourself. Now, thanks to you, she applies and this in turn encourages you to do the same. When you encourage others, you tend to encourage yourself. That is the definition of WIN-WIN.
I'm not talking about our puffed up ego (yes, of course it feels good to play the Hero/ Heroine!) What I mean is the feeling of having done something meaningful, making a difference in someone’s life. Applying your talent, personality, experiences and knowledge, makes you value yourself more.
"Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for that person." (and yourself)
Once you feel encouraged (p.s. that's what Protsaah means ‘feel encouraged’) you can start small and start with yourself. Check out our tips on how to inspire yourself!
Let’s #encouragewithprotsaah, discover how we encourage artisans from conflict zones to create a better life for themselves, with their passion & their hands.