Support in your life from family, friends, and your community has a big impact on how you experience stress. Having support in your life can help you stay healthy.

Support means having the love, trust, and advice of others. But support can also be something more concrete, like time or money. It can be hard to ask for help. But doing so doesn’t mean you are weak. If you are feeling stressed, you can look for support from:

  • Family and friends.
  • Coworkers or people you know through hobbies or other interests.
  • A professional counselor
  • People you know from church, or a member of the clergy
  • Employee assistance programs at work, or stress management classes
  • Support groups. These can be very helpful if your stress is caused by a special situation. Maybe you are a caregiver for someone who is elderly or has a chronic illness.