“There is wisdom that comes from learning about how people survived difficult times.” – Thema S. Bryant

Feeling alone causes stress. It puts all your troubles and difficulties on your own shoulders. Having healthy, supportive relationships with others keeps your life in perspective. In fact, research shows that it is the most important thing you can do to reduce stress and prevent burnout. 

Develop friendships where you get at least as much as you give. You don’t have to trouble someone else with your problems to get the benefit of feeling better about yourself and feeling joy. But, friends who listen to your problems with understanding, empathy  and care are also a good thing. It is helpful to say whether you are looking for advice or just caring BEFORE you share. Getting advice when you don’t want it can add to your stress (or vice versa).