Are you overwhelmed by all the demands of your life? Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of company. Read some expert suggestions on how to handle relationship stress, and achieve balance. 

Relationships are a casualty of modern day lifestyles. Because we have so many tasks to juggle, something has to give. Usually, it’s our closest relationships. Today, the demands placed on us by jobs, our families, friends, and community are enormous, and it’s hard to disengage or ignore any of them.

It’s truly a Catch 22 situation. You can’t push your own needs down, or divorce yourself from those around you. There is no escaping work, and no quick way to dampen your needs and expectations. Other’s needs are undeniable, too.

Stress builds up

But, when demands increase beyond a certain threshold which is unique to each individual, the result is stress. Unless you resolve this in time, it accumulates, and creates a mess within. Like it or not, our significant relationships are often a source of stress.

When problems emerge, we look away from them. But putting things and delaying resolution only serves to build up stress. The answer lies in adopting a proactive approach to issues, and avoid letting stress accumulate. This approach can help improve the quality of the relationships we share with significant others in our lives.

Arguing couple sitting apart at home. Young sad man thinking about reconciliation with girlfriend, upset and tired of negative emotions, husband looking aside ignoring his quarrelling wife

Kamna’s 5 Top Tips

#1 Handle things as soon as they emerge. It is a mistake to leave situations unaddressed, as they only get more complicated. The narrative around them undergoes its own shifts for each individual involved, with things being added and subtracted

#2 Don’t run away from the emotions. Managing your emotions, and those of others can be taxing but running away from them won’t eliminate them, and only make them fester.

#3 Keep your objectivity in situations.It is easy to get swayed with thoughts and emotions in difficult situations. Keeping a balanced perspective can be difficult, but is essential to solve relationship issues.

#4 Don’t press the panic button. Problems can be challenging but avoid panicking at the situation. Instead, try to make an objective assessment before you decide on your approach on how to manage it

#5 Communication is key. Sharing, discussing, listening and responding are integral to the quality of a relationship. Good communication enhances the nature of the relationship qualitatively and allows for the creation of a strong foundation. So stay open to what others say, and share your side, without hostility.