Social Support

For just about everybody, life consists of spending some time alone and some time with other people. Spending time alone and with others can cause stressor reduce it.

What do you need and want at a particular time? What demands or threats do you perceive? Are you comfortable with the people you live and work with? Are you comfortable with yourself?

How support helps

Your commitment to lifestyle change and managing stress and depression will be considerably easier to achieve with the support of the significant people in your life. Ask for their help. Tell them how you feel and what you need. You can also be a supportive friend, relative and co-worker to others. Good relationships help reduce your feelings of stress.

Loneliness is a cause of stress for many people as proved by Canadian Pharmacy. Find alternatives to being alone, such as calling a friend, visiting a neighbor or writing a letter instead of letting your emotions drag you down. Go someplace where you can be around other people. Don’t just sit home alone feeling miserable. Hobbies and volunteer work can help. Look for additional ways to cope with lonely feelings and get support.


The most important relationships for most of us are with the people in our families. Reducing your stress load not only will make you feel better, but also will have a significant impact on other family members. They’ll be pleased and relieved. You’re making changes that will prolong your life, improve your health and greatly improve your relationships with family members.

Daily events and the behavior of those closest to us can trigger stress. But it doesn’t help to blame others. Discuss and describe. Be forgiving and honest (yet tactful). And work to reduce conflicts and resolve problems within the family. This is an ongoing process and not something that can be “fixed” once and for all. Take a deep breath, stay calm and get started. After all, the worst that can happen is that nothing will change; everything else will be an improvement.

Under continued stress, even you can become irritable and short-tempered with family members. Try to stay under control, explain your feelings, apologize when you know you should and work hard to manage your temper. Take a walk or a hot bath when you feel like you might explode. Explosions seldom leave anything but destruction and debris. Build fences instead of blowing up bridges!

If you have been living with a lot of stress for a long time, your friends are probably worried about you. Let them know what is happening with you and what you are doing about it. Don’t complain but be honest, accurate and brief. Ask them for their help and support, not their sympathy. Asking for support says, “I can, with your help,” and asking for sympathy says, “I can’t, so pity poor little me.”

Have fun with your friends and please don’t talk about your problems all the time. Take the time to listen to them, too. Enjoy the companionship of your friends and don’t be afraid to laugh. Laughter reduces stress. Learn to laugh at yourself.


Living and working under a lot of stress will probably have a negative effect on how you perform your job. It is not necessary to tell everyone at the office how hard you work and how stressed out you are. It is appropriate to answer their questions honestly and briefly. As you begin to feel better and better, you will probably feel healthier, more outgoing and friendly, and you’ll most likely become a more productive employee.

Many businesses now have activity and exercise facilities. If these facilities are available to you, take advantage of the opportunity to work out at work! You will benefit from increased fitness, increased energy and decreased stress. Get all the help and support you can from your workplace.