Relationships are important for managing stress
Daily Insight Video
Robert M. Sapolsky’s book Why Zebras don’t get Ulcers has given me some great insights this week, so I thought I might as well keep it going. In his book, he discusses the four criteria for dealing with stress: outlet for frustration, social support, predictability, and control.
In my last I post talked about the importance of having an outlet and the effect it has on stress reduction. Today I want to talk about social support and how our relationships can both positively and negatively influence our ability to manage stress.
I had a good friend stop by unexpectedly today. It was great to see him, and it made me think about the power of good friendships. We love them no matter what, and they love us unconditionally right back. When we have friends that we are able to talk to about everything we are doing, we are able to handle more stress and accomplish more.
In comparison, if you are constantly close to people who you don’t get along with, your stress level increases. It is crucial to surround yourself with people who you love, and who love and support you in return.
Dealing with my own stress is always easiest when I surround myself with the relationships that mean the most to me. Think about who you spend your time with and reduce the stress in your life.