Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress

Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress is the fifth in a series of ten articles on women’s emotional health from the book Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert C Hoffman.

Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress

Personal relationships make up a big part of everybody’s life. They are important and contribute to our health and emotional wellbeing. While it’s ideal to build happy and healthy relationships, they don’t always work out that way.

Relationships are not always easy, and conflicts can often arise. Many relationships can become very unhealthy and affect a person’s state of emotional and mental wellbeing. Toxic relationships often bring anxiety and emotional distress and can cause extreme damage to a person’s life in more ways than one.

Vulnerable to Disharmony

Women in relationships can be vulnerable to disharmony as women are naturally wired to be the more emotional one in the relationship. Of course, this is not always the case, but generally speaking, it often is.

However, the relationship quality between couples often contributes to each person’s happiness levels or emotional distress. Here are a few tips to help when emotions are running high and you are feeling a lot of emotional distress.

Communicate How You Feel

Communication is the heartbeat of any relationship. We are emotional beings with feelings and emotions we need to communicate, and who best to do that with than our own partners or spouse? Honesty is always the key.

If you have problems communicating your emotions to your partner, in case you have an overly sensitive partner or one who never pays attention, then you may find comfort talking to a family member outside of your relationship. It’s healthy to look outside of your partnership for a safe person to talk to.

Somebody to Talk With

No matter what, you always need someone to communicate how you feel. Whether you’re in the midst of a temporary relationship crisis that can be solved by healthy communication, or you feel you have lost all hope in saving your relationship, you always need somebody to talk to.

Somebody you can trust your emotions with. Someone who understands you, and can empathize with what you’re going through. Find a confidante in either your partner, a good friend or a third-party counselor.

Focus on Managing Your Emotions

Relationship problems are a major source of emotional distress. Research shows relationship troubles are strongly associated with the formation of some mental disorders and emotional breakdowns.

It’s never easy to be in the midst of a turbulent relationship. Even a few minutes of being in a heated argument with your spouse or partner can have the potential to ruin your entire day or even a whole week. However, know that between the two of you, you’re the only one who you can control, not the other person. Focus on being able to calm yourself down and remind yourself to be on top of how you feel.

Be mindful.

Be aware of how you can help yourself at this moment. If you are the one who is upset and angry, do things that can ease your mind right now. Manage your pent-up emotions by channeling it into something healthier, such as exercise, or even physical work. Never act on your upset emotions. Give it time and wait until you’ve calmed down.

Deal with the Situation at Hand

Once you’ve calmed down and made sense of the situation that caused you so much emotional distress, it’s time to deal with the situation. By now, you should see things a little more logically, which will help you see things more clearly.

Mostly, going through a rough patch with a partner is just temporary. Conflicts may arise and the best way to handle them is to face them together. Talk about the situation in a healthy manner and decide on what you need to do together to address it. Make sure you’re on the same page, and it will be easier to move forward and get past your relationship troubles.

If your relationship problems are becoming a recurring problem and you’re at the point when you feel you have done all that you can, seeking professional guidance may be your next best option.

Our primary relationships are usually the single biggest factor in our happiness. Take action to positively manage yours, for the sake of your emotional wellbeing and total health, as a toxic relationship will affect every part of you.

Robert Hoffman

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