Building A Support System To Help Cope With Stress

Stress can be often difficult to deal with alone. You may feel overwhelmed, angry, and even isolated when you’re dealing with high levels of stress. If you can relate to the description above and you need someone to talk to, read what Betterhelp has to say, or you can take a look at the tips below to help you build a solid support system to help you cope with stress.

 

  1. Don’t Rely on One Person
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We all have that one friend that we tell absolutely everything to. We share our secrets, our schedules, and sometimes our nonsense opinions with them. While this may usually be a good thing, this can be potentially harmful during a stressful period. Your friend will not always be able to be there for you when you need it most, which can create even more stress for you if you need someone to talk to in that moment. Instead, seek out a great number of people who you love and who you can confide in. This way when you need to talk about something that is bothering you, you will always have someone to speak with, even if it isn’t always your go-to person.

  1. Don’t Feel Guilty About Making Yourself Heard

You should never feel guilty about trying to get your feelings out there. Yes, your friends have lives of their own and they don’t want to have a conversation with you all day, every day. However, there is a difference between bugging someone and utilizing your friendship to help yourself. Don’t hurt yourself by being too kind and trying not to bother anyone. Let your friends know how you are feeling and actively seek out their help and their advice. If you’re taking up too much of their time or if you’re stopping them from enjoying their day, you will know.

 

  1. Find Other People in Common Situations

Your friends may not be dealing with the same kind of stressors that you are and that is okay. This is a sign that you need to get out into the world and find people who can relate to you and who will be better suited to help you through this difficult time. You can achieve this and meet new people by looking for a physical support group, looking for an online support group, making friends with your coworkers, volunteering your time to a good cause, or even just talking to people as you’re walking along the sidewalk. People are all around you and there is bound to be someone who knows what you are going through.

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  1. Remind Those in Your Life About Their Importance

Building a good support system isn’t just about finding people and talking to them. It is about nurturing the amazing relationships in your life that help to build you up and keep you happy during the dark times. Make sure that the people who help you and truly care about you receive the same kind of treatment in return. Listen to them whenever they are having difficult times. Let them know every now and then that they mean a lot to you and that you’re always there for them. Do small, thoughtful things to reinforce the idea that your relationship with them is meaningful and that you care about whether or not they are in your life.

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If you do all of the things listed above, you are sure to have a fantastic support system at your hands in no time. It all starts with a single step and the rest of it follows.

 

Sources:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/emotional-support.aspx

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/social-support/art-20044445?pg=2