Just like actual structural engineering, developing a good support system takes time and effort. And just like a bridge, support systems require maintenance. Talk to members of your family and friends about what is going on, and what kind of help you need. Be honest with them about things. Open communication is the foundation you need for it to work. If you are having a bad day, week, month, or quarter you have to let them know. A handful of family and friends who are willing to help you in the ways you need them too should be everyone’s goal.
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