A Helpful Hand

Who doesn’t enjoy a good summer filled with barbecues, fishing, hiking, warmer weather and many more hours of daylight? Yet now, we are finding that days are getting shorter and the weather is ever changing. This is a season of preparation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Sometimes it can be hard to ask for help and frequently, we do not utilize a helpful offer from well-intentioned friends, neighbors and family. Or, they don’t realize that help is truly needed until they are asked. But imagine if we actually sought out or accepted the help that is offered? We’d be taking care of important tasks and enjoying the company of those close to us!

Encouraging our loved ones to reach out for help or asking for help ourselves is important for the safety and peace of mind of everyone in our community. Being able to have several close individuals involved in our lives can be life changing and better yet, life enhancing.

Perhaps it’s time to create a daily or weekly schedule of who attends to which task and when. Setting up routines for tasks or activities that need to be completed during the year and especially during seasonal changes should become a routine in itself. Being able to delegate tasks to the people in our circles can assist in living a happier life with less stress.

Below is a starter list of items that can be delegated:

  • Rake up leaves and clean yard
  • Clean out gutters
  • Check and replace home air filters
  • Check weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Have the heating system checked/ensure fireplace is in working order
  • Store outdoor furniture
  • Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Get your vehicle serviced and tires changed, if needed
  • Update emergency preparation kits
  • Break out the snow shovels
  • Setting up appointments and winter drivers
  • Set up sun lamps or light boxes

It is common for families to not live in close proximity to each other and that can be scary as our loved ones become older. It’s important to have a consistent way of keeping in touch. That may include setting up a scheduled time and day that a phone call is made or knowing the schedule of our loved ones to ensure we catch them while they are at home. Another great method is getting to know whom our loved ones rely on when we cannot be with them. Make sure when you visit, that you make it a point to meet their friends and neighbors and get their contact information so that you can reach out to them in times of need or worry.

The changing of the season can be a stressful time but it does not have to be. The willingness to set up tasks in advance and knowing who will be around to assist with these items can be a huge relief. We no longer need to fear the upcoming seasonal changes when we know that everything will be taken care of in a timely manner and we have people who are ready to lend a helping hand.