Stress affects our relationship and love life much more than we are aware of, it is entrenched in our daily lives. It doesn’t become a problem till we ignore the warning signs and pay zero attention to how it affects the people around us.
Ignoring stress doesn’t make it go away, it only ignites it till it becomes a problem. It then becomes so contagious that it starts bouncing back and forth between the two of you. Since you can’t avoid it, you have to be able to recognize and consequently learn how to manage it.
Below are some tips on how to handle stress in your relationship.
Figure Out What is Bothering You
Stress can be tricky. We often say “I’m stressed!” but may have trouble figuring out what exactly is causing it. It’s advisable to take the time to find out what the problem is and then share it with our partner. With increased awareness of what we are worried about, our partners can think of ways to keep from adding to our stress, and If we’re lucky, he/she might just be able to help us deal with the stress.
Sometimes we spend more time talking with their friends than our partners about issues because we feel our partners might not understand what we are going through. Sadly, turning away from your partner during stressful events can be one of the most damaging things you can do to your relationship. This usually leads to feelings of rejection, frustration and increased anger, which can drive the two of you apart. It is advisable to always talk to your partner and give them the chance to be there for you in your time of need.
Intimacy is an important part of any successful relationship. Intimacy isn’t limited to sex; it is much more than that. Being intimate with your partner means having deep and unhindered conversations, demonstrating affection as much as possible, and being a problem-solving team. Intimacy makes you open and honest, and when you’re open and honest you are giving your partner a chance to support you and in return, you are more likely to support them when they are stressed. Do not avoid intimacy as it usually ends up being a big mistake, instead embrace it and watch it relieve the tension and anxiety cropping up in the relationship.