How Friends Help Buffer Stress
Everyone goes through periods of distress. One of the best ways to get through these periods is turning to trusted friends for support, comfort, and help.
Turn To Friends For Support
Friends can support you by listening to your feelings, offering solutions, or simply spending time with you. Friends know your history, concerns, and inner circle.
Friends can give you practical support. When George and Ann had their baby, their friend Tom offered to walk their dog- a small gesture that meant a great deal to them. But don’t wait for a friend to offer his or her support. The nature of friendship is being able to ask for help when you need it, too.
Friends can give you both physical and emotional support. When Martha’s father died, her good friend Sharon hugged her as she cried. Human touch is an important part of the healing process.
Identify And Make Friends
Family members, coworkers, members of your church or synagogue, even the store clerk can all become friends, if you make the effort. Reach out to others when you can. Then, in times of trouble, you will have people to turn to. People who are close to others stay healthy and live longer than those who stay isolated.