Pick the right social support
According to Anisman, one of the most important ways to cope with stress is to talk to a friend. But make sure it’s a supportive relationship. “When you confide in someone and they tell you ‘I told you so,’ that’s not helpful,” says Anisman. There are also people in our lives who are “stress-givers.” Says Anisman: “They are glass-half-empty people. They affect everyone around them.” Try to talk to them about changing their behaviour, or gradually reduce contact with them if possible, he advises.