One of the simplest ways to relieve stress is simply to phone a friend. Texting or messaging works too, but there’s something to be said about actually talking to a friend whom you can trust. Someone who knows you well will easily pick up if something’s not right.
How Friends Can Help Relieve Stress
Your friends are your very own safety line whenever you are feeling particularly stressed out. Just letting all the stress and negativity out is incredibly freeing. After the call you’ll probably feel a lot calmer and like a burden has been lifted off your shoulders.
This call might not change what caused you to get stressed out in the first place, but talking it over with a trusted friend who knows and loves you will help to clear the fog and allow you to see everything clearly and possibly in a new light.
If nothing else, calling a friend and venting about things gives you a chance to release irritation and frustration. You’ll be able to return to your situation with a clear mind and get to work on finding a resolution to what caused you to become so stressed out in the first place.
There’s several a reasons why calling a friend help to relieve stress. The first one is that it’s easy and convenient. You always have your cellphone with you and no matter where you’re at and you can usually step away for a few minutes and make the call.
It’s also helpful that you can’t see the other person when you’re on the phone. You won’t be easily distracted by what she’s wearing, how much weight she lost or gained, or anything else. You can focus on talking about what’s stressing you out and do so quickly.
Many times the faster you can let off some steam, the better. You want to be able to calm down before you say something you’ll regret later. And the less time you spent feeling stressed out the better it is for your body and mind as well.
Planning Ahead to Reduce Stress
In order to prepare for the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation at home or at work, think of a couple of people that you could call and make sure their contact information is on your phone.
Pick a few names because not everyone will be reachable and ready for a quick chat at any time during the day. Work in a couple of backups.
You can also pick different friends for different situations. Maybe you trust one very close friend and feel comfortable enough to complain about relationship trouble with her. Or you might have another friend who’s a special needs mom and she can understand what you’re going through when others don’t. Someone else might be better suited for troubles at work because they have the same type of job and can relate.
How to Help a Stressed Out Friend
A real friendship goes both ways. Be ready to offer your friend support when she’s struggling. Here’s some easy ways to be there for your friend.
Just listen. There’s nothing like the ministry of simple presence to support a friend. You don’t have to have the perfect answer, just be there.
Take something off her plate. Where is she struggling? Take her out to coffee or watch her kids if she needs a break.
Indulge in some retail therapy. This doesn’t have to cost too much money if you’re careful. Sometimes just getting out and checking out some fun stores can do both of you a world of good.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” Elbert Hubbard