Who are the people you turn to when you
need understanding, honest feedback, encouragement, support, or assistance of
any kind? This might include family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and
professionals who provide special services.
Consider these people as your personal support system. Picture them in your
mind's eye and experience the feelings you have about them. Contemplate how each
of these people contribute to your life. Also picture the ways in which you
Draw a picture with yourself in the center and the members of your personal
support group around you. Next to each person, write in how he or she supports
Examine your picture. If you feel a need to strengthen your support system,
write down any changes you want to make. Implement these in your everyday life.
Contemplate an "ideal" support network. How does it look? How does
it feel to have all the support you need? Draw a picture of your
"ideal" support system and then write about it.
Benefits: This is a highly effective means for doing an inventory of
personal needs and resources. If your assessment shows that you depend too much
on one or two individuals, you may decide to broaden your base of support.
Reaching out for assistance when you need it can be extremely empowering. It
helps you nourish yourself and build bridges between yourself and others.