One way to deal with the stress of working through your own problems or issues is to help a friend work on their own. You're not the only one who goes through tough times and it makes you feel better and less stressed to navigate a friend through their own problems. I guess it's all well and good until you let their problems infect your life. Then it becomes toxic. A few of my close friends and I always swap advice and man, am I better for it. They turn trivial into common and stressful into laughable. If not for friends I think most of us would be in the insane asylum......with all our friends.