Keep Your Relationship Healthy Even During Stressful Times

Stress doesn’t just take a toll on your physical, emotional, and mental health. It can also take a toll on your relationship’s health.

Engage in physical touch

Physical touch releases oxytocin, also known as the cuddling hormone. It increases feelings of connection, and decreases pain, blood pressure and cortisol levels. Cortisol levels rise with stress, so oxytocin can make you feel less stressed.

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Be even more communicative about your needs

Your partner is not a mind reader. You should always be verbally expressing your needs in order for them to meet those needs.

Cut each other some slack

Stress can wreak havoc on a person. Memory and concentration both suffer, patience runs thin, and sometimes we get our priorities a little out of whack.

Find ways to have fun together

During stressful times, it can sometimes seem like all you do is put your head down and try to barrel through. You’re trying so hard to get through the stress, to not suffocate under the weight of it, that there’s no room for anything else. But having fun can help with that.

Keep showing up for yourself

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Seek out support from others

One of the biggest strains on a relationship, whether life is stressful or not, is expecting our partner to meet all of our needs. When things get stressful, however, this expectation can break the relationship.

Remember you’re in it together

Too often, when faced with stress and problems, we tend to try to tackle them as if our partner is on the other side of it working against us. But our partner is not the enemy. We are a team with our partner against whatever life throws at us.

Stress doesn’t (usually) last forever

Stress is often temporary. Sometimes it lasts longer, sometimes not as long. But it almost always goes away eventually. If you can keep your relationship healthy and intact through it, you’ll usually come out the other side stronger and more connected.

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