Stress does not compulsorily impact your relationship, but if it does then, taking a quick action would remedy the situation and prevent it from heading into a downward spiral.
Stress is unavoidable and inevitable and it can have negative impacts on you and the others around you. With our busy days and overpacked schedules, it makes you feel stressed on a regular basis, but it could jeopardize your relationship.
Stress does not always impact your relationship, but if it does, taking a quick action would remedy the situation and prevent it from heading into a downward spiral. Irrespective of the cause of stress, it can create distance in the relationship and drive away the person who would be able to lower the stress and help you through the situation.
Here are 7 ways stress can negatively impact your relationship.
Increased stress levels can make you feel agitated and frustrated, which could have negative repercussions on your relationship. If you find yourself irritated or ticked off at almost everything your partner does or says, stress might be contributing to your irritable nature. Well, the longer the stress lasts, the grumpier you would get, which would increase the probability of you lashing out at people.
Your ability to communicate rationally would be reduced because of increased stress levels. For instance, a simple conversation regarding the choice of restaurant would turn into a heated argument, which might hurt your partner's feelings. Stress propagates negative thinking and affects your ability to focus and impair your judgment and listening skills.
With stress fostering negative thinking, it would result in you examining the positive things under a negative light. These effects would be visible on your relationship as well since your rational thinking is out the window. You would tend to feel that your relationship is not what you expected it to be.
With the disappointed feeling coupled with negative thoughts would slowly diminish the importance your relationship has in your life. As a result, you would find yourself being attracted to other people and start fantasizing about being in a relationship with other people. This might lead you to believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the wall.
As a consequence of stress, you would tend to focus more on work and spend more time on your laptop and phone. Well, this diversion of attention for an extended period of time would make your partner feel devalued and unloved. The techno force is a factor that contributes to the majority of the conflicts and dissatisfaction in your relationship.
Being under the gun and stressed about work or other problems in your life would reduce your emotional quotient. Because of your irritable and negative nature, you would not be emotionally available for your partner. For instance, if your partner has a long day and all he/she wants to do is spend time with you then, you would brush them aside because you are preoccupied with issues in your life. This would make you inconsiderate and spark feelings of resentment in your partner.
Because of your stress, you would spend more time at work and return exhausted and burnt out. You would not want any form of human interaction and any intrusion in your peace-time would not be entertained. Stress increases the levels of cortisol and adrenaline the leads to negative feelings and feeling low most of the time. This would create distance in the relationship and become a major setback in your relationship.
Reading the above ways you might be affecting or rather hampering your relationship would lead you to find ways to remedy the situation. Well, it is possible to maintain your cool in stressed situations and act in a cordial manner. This means that if you are not able to change the situation, you can contain the way you act in such situations. Adopting the 5 tricks would help you react better in stressed situations.
By effectively communicating with your partner forming a tentative plan about how to tackle stressful situation would be helpful. Recognizing the negative emotions and actions that spark up because of stress and talking about them would help the two of you to come to a middle ground. This would also help support each other and strengthen the connection because of the deeper understanding.
There are a plethora of methods to reduce your stress level and retrieve your rational thinking abilities. You can opt to read a book, meditate, listen to music, play an instrument or sport, or just do breathing exercises. This would have manifold benefits since it would calm you down and also allow you to be productive. The reduced stress levels would allow you to pay attention to your relationship and not let it crack under stress.
In addition to the contingency plan, you need to figure out things you can do to help lower your partners stress levels. If you notice your partner is stressed then, either give them space to work things out or help them through the situation, depending on their preference. This would show your supportive nature, which would better the relationship rather than worsening it.
In a stressful situation, it is possible that you do not want any form of human interaction and want to be left alone. Well, to effectively react in these overwhelming situations you need to prioritize your task with the degree of importance. This would help set a clear picture and serve as an indicator for your partner to react in a stressful situation.
With time the stress would increase and there would be times when your partner would be unable to help you. If your plans and strategies are not working out then seeking external help would be the best choice. You could talk to your friends and family or consult a professional to help solve the stemming problem. This would help you see the big picture and take action, which would not negatively affect your relationship.
You cannot control everything and your actions, which are a response to spontaneous situations that are presented to you. Firstly, recognizing the ways you might be hampering your relationship would help you chose appropriate ways to better the situation. Well, everybody reacts differently to situations of stress. Well, choosing the appropriate methods according to your reaction would be beneficial.