Stress has such a huge impact on our lives.
Not only is it damaging to our bodies, it can also annihilate a relationship. As humans, during high-stress times we tend to lash out at those around us.
Unfortunately, most of the time it’s those we love most that are on the receiving end of our rants.
Here are some ways to stop stress ruining your relationship.
Biting comments and cutting remarks will often lead to a breakdown in communication, arguments and relationship problems. Apologizing is nice but it doesn’t always fix the hurt feelings and damage. Rather than lash out and then apologize, it is better to take preventative measures to fight stress before it becomes a problem.
One of the best ways to combat stress is by exercising. Regular exercise will relieve much of the day-to-day tension one feels. Ramp up your workout during high-stress times to keep the aggression at bay. Visit the gym; or take a walk or a bike ride before you go home to your partner so you can leave the stress behind and focus on what is important.
Address stressful issues as a team. By meeting the source of your stress head on, you and your partner can support one another and conquer the issues more quickly. Two heads are better than one when identifying the cause of stress and finding a workable solution. In addition, the head-on approach leaves no room for confusion so you can work through it faster.
Turn off your electronic devices. These days we spend too much time staring at a screen, be it TV, computer or cell phone, and less time communicating with one another. At least three nights a week, turn all of those electronic devices off and focus on connecting with your loved one. Who knows, perhaps you will recapture some of that spark from when your relationship was new.
It’s been proven that sex reduces stress. When you feel incredibly stressed, take your partner to the bedroom. No talking required. Your actions will speak volumes.
Meditate. Take a few minutes to center yourself before approaching your partner after a particularly long and stressful day. Clear your mind of all the negativity of the day. Just relax and breathe. Concentrate on just breathing. You will be glad you did.
Leave the work stress at work. As working adults, one of the worst mistakes we make is bringing our work stress home with us. Instead, take just a minute or two at the end of the work day to organize everything, mentally and physically for the following day so you leave the stress behind.
Once a week, stop for some flowers or take-out. Arrange for child care and go out to dinner, or simply have a quiet night at home with your partner. It doesn’t have to be expensive; just make it memorable.
Let your partner know. The more you communicate your feelings to one another, the closer you can be.
Stress is a part of life, but how it affects your relationship is up to you. Follow the tips above for a less stressed, better relationship with those you love.
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