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Here's a guide on how to help a friend in stress. It will give you advice and tips that can be applied. You'll find out what you should do when your friends are stressed, how you can help them, and why this is so important.

Jasmeen Kaur Depression 21 Sep 2020
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Stress is a normal part of life and is the body's response to any change that needs adjustment. It becomes harmful when people engage in the use of tobacco, alcohol,  drugs, and sex. You can experience it not only from the negative life changes but also from the positive life changes such as a mortgage, a promotion, or the birth of a child.

It can disturb the internal balance of the body and causes physical symptoms such as chest pain, stomach irritation, increased blood pressure, and sleeping problems. 

Warning signs of stress 

help a friend in stress

The warning signs of stress are:

  • General aches and pains.
  • Problems in sleeping.
  • Weight gain or loss.
  • Sexual difficulties.
  • Tiredness and exhaustion.
  • Increase in or loss of appetite. 
  • Muscle tension in neck, face, or shoulders.

Causes of stress:

Stress is a natural response to challenging situations but it can be difficult to cope with too much stress over a long period of time. There are some common things that stress people

  • Relationship issues, including family, friends
  • Living in a difficult circumstance with family
  • Financial stress 
  • Unrealistic expectations of yourself or others

7 Ways to help a friend in stress:

Ways to help a friend in stress

1. Help him to recognize the problem

You should help a friend in stress by recognizing the problem because it is easy to recognize the signs of stress in other people.

Unfortunately, many people don't resolve warning signs until they can no longer cope. So if you notice a change in your friend's behavior that suggests that he is feeling stressed then you should help him.

2. Listen to his problem

You should help a friend in stress by his listening to his problems because talking openly with people we trust can help to see things differently and find new solutions. One of the best things you can do to support your friend is that you should listen to your friend carefully that will help him to bring a huge change. 

 3. Offer reassurance

It can be very difficult for your friend to see the path to a problem if he is feeling overwhelmed. So you should remind and reassure your friend that this problem will not last forever. You should help your friend to resolve this problem and help to improve the situation that will help them put things in perspective.

4. Help him identify his triggers

If your friend faces this problem the first time then your independent comments may help them identify patterns they had not seen before. You can also help him to identify situations and activities that help to make him less stressed and to control the problem. 

5. Offer practical support

Your friend may face stress problems due to money worries, job loss, or relationship problems, or family issues, etc. You should not only help your friend to identify the problems but also give him support to make the situation easier. 

6. Try calming techniques

You should tell your friend techniques such as meditation or mindful breathing exercises that can help him to stay calm. When these exercises are regularly practiced it helps to improve and strengthen the response. Whenever your friend starts feeling overwhelmed, help your friend take back control by encouraging them to take a break. 

7. Support him to seek professional help

If stress and anxiety are affecting your friend's day-to-day lives, then it may be time to seek some professional help. So you should support your friend to get help from a health professional and it can really be very valuable for him.


Finally, I can say that you should not discourage your friend by saying that it is impossible for him. You should inspire them that everything will be best if they work to fix it. You should help him seek treatment from a psychologist or other mental health professional to learn more healthy ways of dealing with stress in his life.

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    Nodia, New Delhi

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