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Stress is not something to be taken lightly. It can really have many negative effects on your life, and it’s definitely hard to deal with. If you’re not able to handle it effectively, you might end up succumbing to faster aging and other physical issues.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re able to handle your stress well is to make a support system that can help you as time goes on, ensuring that it never gets out of control.
A support system should be a group of people close to you that you know you can rely on. They should be there for you to calm you down, help you work through things, and become a better version of yourself.
You need to be able to be open and honest with them so that they can quickly help you make decisions on what to do in order to manage your stress. Some of the most common people you might pick for this job would be family members.
If you have a close relationship with your family, then you should be able to be open and honest with them about what’s stressing you out. Having known you for awhile, your family should be able to tell you what would work best in your situation and give good advice regarding what’s worked for you in the past and what you should do now.
Unfortunately, this might not always be the case. If you need alternatives, you should have plenty of others in your life who can form your support system. One often overlooked option is your boss.
If you’re on good terms with your boss, then you should be able to go to them for help, especially when it comes to work-related stress. If they do care for their employees, they should be able to help you, because they should be doing things in the best interests of those who work for them.
One important part of a support system is maintenance. Finding the right people and having them help you is great and all, but if you want that to last, you need to keep up with them.
This means first and foremost maintaining contact. If you’re not keeping up with them, they’ll assume you don’t need more help, and will likely stop being a part of that support team.
Additionally, you need to sometimes help them out with any issues they may be having. Friendship works two ways. And being able to help others with their issues sometimes gives you insight into your own.