Stress: How to Decrease Stress in Your Relationship

Don't let your relationship stress tare you down
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We all go through it… The hardships in relationships. The stress can really take a toll on you.

Stress can cause mental and physical sickness. Our blood pressure may rise, we may gain weight due to emotional eating, and we may encounter increased feelings of anxiety or even depression.

Don’t let your relationship stress negatively impact you or your relationship. If you really want your relationship, whatever hardships you may be encountering can be overcome. But, before you can fix the problem, you have to ease the stress.

Relationship stress will make your current situation worse. You will begin to grow apart from your partner, the fun will slowly die down, and you may begin to lose your communication and respect. Once these things are lost, it is extremely difficult to come back from it.

Don’t be discouraged! There are many things you can do to prevent and fix your relationship stress.

Read below for Ways to Decrease the Stress in Your Relationship.

 

Workout Together

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Decrease your relationship stress by working out with your significant other. According to psychologytoday.com, “Lab studies show that after jointly participating in an exciting physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000).” So, get rid of that tension, grab your partner and head to the gym.

 

Always be Positive

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It’s important to try your best to stay positive in your relationship. Regardless of the hardships and stressors you may be encountering you must remain positive and stick together.  According to Psychology Today, “Couples who seek to increase the good in their relationships, concentrating on sharing fun and meaningful experiences together, promoting growth and development in the relationship, and creating satisfaction and intimacy ("approach-oriented goals"), fare better than couples focused on ducking the negatives ("avoidant-oriented" goals), says Emily Impett, a researcher at UC Berkeley.”

 

Respect Each other

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Respect is one of the ultimate keys to any successful relationship. You cannot expect to relieve stress if you are feeling disrespected or you are disrespecting your partner. According to INC., “Respect creates respect; the relationship grows. Conflicts that otherwise would create massive stress are transformed into problems you solve together.”

 

See a Therapist

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Sometimes, there are situations arise in relationships that need to be worked through. These situations usually cause some relationship stress. If you are experiencing a large amount of relationship stress it may be wise to see a therapist.  See a therapist one-on-one to work through your own feelings and emotions, or see a therapist with your significant other. Sometimes having a mediator in the room, someone that is there to help you and not judge your relationship is exactly what couple’s need.

 

Travel Together

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If you have been enduring a lot of relationship stress sometimes the cure is to just get away together. Leave the stress behind and take a one-on-one vacation where you can truly enjoy each other. This will give you the opportunity to create new experiences and venture outside of both of your comfort zones.

 

Encouragement

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Encouragement is a wonderful way to overcome relationship stress. After all, you are supposed to be your partner’s number one biggest supporter. If you are constantly fighting your partner, and not being supportive of his/her decisions, this will cause stress in your relationship. We all want to feel loved and understood. Sometimes a little encouragement is all we need to reduce the unwanted stress, and feel at ease in our relationships.

 

See: Everyday Habits That Increase Stress

 

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