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Katharina  Star, Ph.D.

Relationship Stress

By August 13, 2012

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Feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by your relationships? You might have a friendship that is feeling strained lately. Maybe you are disagreeing with a family member. Perhaps there is a coworker who is really pushing your buttons. Regardless of your situation, many times our relationships can contribute to feelings of stress. When stress rises, so too can your anxiety levels.

It may feel like there isn't much we can do about the stress caused in our relationships. However, there are some coping strategies that can help us through relationship stress. The following describes some stress management techniques that can help us through these types of difficult situations:

  • Learning to Forgive : Forgiving others that have hurt you can be very difficult to do. However, through forgiveness, you may find a sense of relief and stress reduction. Learn some simple ways to practice forgiveness and let go of your feelings of anger, stress, and resentment.
  • How to Stop Worrying: Sometimes we have trouble in our relationships that only seem to get worse due to our excessive worry. Worrying about the situation won't make it better. Find out how you can get a grip over your worry and face your relationship stress head on.
  • Dealing with Loneliness: Your relationship stress may revolve around a lack of social connections or feelings of loneliness and isolation. It is not uncommon for people with panic disorder and agoraphobia to find it difficult to connect with others. Here you will find information on how to manage feelings of loneliness and where to turn to for some additional social support.


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