REDUCE STRESS BE/FIND A FRIEND: Having friends to confide in during times of stress can lower your stress just by being part of your support circle. A friend may be able to be more objective about a specific stress as she or he may be a step or two removed from the immediate situation. Hearing a friend’s troubles can often bring your own “crisis” into perspective. Make the time to find and nurture positive relationships a priority. It will be worth every second.