Chat with supportive friends; avoid “frenemies”
Turning to a caring friend when you need a sympathetic ear may ease the amount of stress you’re feeling. On the other hand, discussing an unpleasant experience with an unsupportive friend can prevent you from really relaxing—and may take its toll on your blood pressure and heart health, say psychologists at Brigham Young University. How can you spot a “frenemy”? If you feel obligated to be friends or have mixed feelings about a friend, that’s a red flag, says researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad.