Communication issues, financial factors, new parenthood and many other factors can place undue pressure on a relationship. While stress is a natural part of life, how we react to it can have a marked impact on our interactions with others.
If you notice yourself or your partner showing symptoms of stress – including insomnia, rapid heartbeat, or loss of libido – it’s important to deal with the issue as soon as possible. Communication is an essential component when it comes to tackling stress.
If your partner is feeling stressed, try to validate their feelings by allowing them to approach you with an honest dialogue. If you’re unsure about how to do so – The University of Adelaide has a useful guide to effective active listening available for free.
If you are the one experiencing stress, try to isolate the cause. Once you’ve identified it, you can choose how to tackle it. If you feel that you can’t talk it through with your partner, consider speaking with a close friend or a mental health professional who can help to guide you.