Why is emotional support so important for reducing stress?
Individual stress experiences depend on our personal resources such as physical fitness or mental balance. The more regenerating resources we have, the lower the harmful effects of stress become. Emotional support is one of the most important ways to achieve said mental balance and to reduce harmful stress effects.
A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed
Scientists have discovered, that monkeys show a reduced stress response when facing a threat accompanied by a fellow. Perceived stress is significantly lower when we feel supported or someone shares our experience. Emotional support decreases feelings of loneliness, guilt or inability.
Furthermore actual exchange helps to find solutions faster by falling back on combined skills and experiences.