When you are under stress, having someone to talk to about your feelings is very important. Having just one person to confide in and ask for help makes a difference. It reduces your stress and improves your health. It also gives you a feeling of being accepted and respected.
Many people who are under stress may not reach out to people. They may feel insecure and afraid of friends’ reactions, or have difficulty talking about feelings. They may be afraid of being a burden. People take a risk when they express feelings. The information in the sections below can help you express your own feelings.
Some friends and family members feel uncomfortable with feelings. Or, they may not know how to be of use. As a result they don’t listen in ways that help. If you want to help people under stress, you can open up communication by showing you are available and understanding.