Friday, 17 June 2011
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For some people, relationship stress is probably one of the most common forms of stress in their lives. For them, even if their relationship is good on the surface, there is always a possibility of some friction due to something under the surface. Without addressing these underlying stresses, they will continue to build.
Dealing with any kind of stress can be difficult and somewhat frustrating. Here are a few things that I think will help you to minimize any of the stress you might have in your relationship.
- It’s important to realize that the person you are in a relationship with is human, as you are. If a disagreement comes up, try and place yourself in their shoes and see things from their point of view. Each person reacts to things differently. Something that seems minor to you, may be major to them. Just understanding this one thing might help to keep some stress away.
- Don’t expect your significant other to change just to meet your needs. I believe that some relationship related stress can be a direct outcome of that. Try to remember why you fell in love with him/her in the first place. What attracted you to him/her? If you try to change them, you may end up losing your attraction for them. Appreciate who they are and that may take some of the pressure off of the relationship.
- Try not to let your emotions blind you. Which believe me, as a woman, that’s a hard thing to do in any situation. Think about what work’s best for the both of you. Don’t look only at your interests, needs and wants. Sometimes thinking about what benefits you both, will make you both feel happier and less stressed in the relationship, even finding a middle ground or compromising can be good.
- It takes two to make a relationship successful. It’s not even each giving 50%, it’s each giving 100% into the relationship. If you’re both doing all you can to make the relationship work, then it will be a more peaceful relationship between the two of you and the better it will flow.
- The more you communicate with your significant other, the more likely they will be to also communicate more with you. The more clear you are with each other, the less misunderstandings and upsets you will have.
- Talking about your relationship with each other is beneficial. Where do you want the relationship to go? Having open communication about this can save a lot of disappointment and heartbreak in the future. What if your significant other was thinking about moving to another country to pursue their career and 2 years into the relationship they decide that it’s time to go forward with that, but you want to stay with your family. You can see how difficult of a situation this would be.
Hopefully these tips can help you to prevent un-needed stress in your relationship. Also just being practical about your relationship can help to avoid stress or by reading some inspiring books or articles. Even talking to another couple that has found some effective ways to minimize the stress in their relationship can help you to find some ways of your own!