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Cutting stress in a relationship

BY: Arku Jasmine

Every relationship goes through some ups and downs. At times there may be a sudden surge of happiness and contentment, and sometimes your relationship may experience a rough patch.

These situations, many a times lead to stress and can worsen the bond further. However, in order to experience a happy married life, it is important to cut stress.

So, take a look at few simple tips, which will help you to reduce the stress levels and strengthen your relationship further.

• Sharing is not always caring:  It is not always required to share every titbits of news with your partner.
This can further add to the stress level. Just avoid sharing minor issues if they do not hold much importance.

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• Do not be a cry baby: It is a human nature to find a shoulder to cry on and vent out your stress. However, doing this every time can irritate your partner making him or her much annoyed. In such situations, try and comfort yourself by listening to some soft music or indulging yourself in some spa therapy. It will surely relieve your anxiety.

• Respect your partner’s personal space: Everybody needs their own space. Therefore, leave your partner alone for a while if you see him or her stressed out. Time is the best healer.
You can intervene when you feel that he or she is relaxed, and is in the right frame of mind to discuss the problem.

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• Value your bond: In case of a 'stress attack', do not lose control. And, if at all you do so, try and recollect those little efforts which both of you have done for each other in difficult times.
We are sure that remembering those wonderful gestures will help you to melt your anger away.

• Be flexible: Never force things on your partner. Learn to appreciate your spouse's feelings and agree with each other at least once in a while. Flexibility and understanding can help your relationship go a long way.

• Seek advice: Every relationship matures with time. Hence, it is not a bad idea to seek advice from a person who is more experienced and with whom you feel at ease.
At the same time, do not get carried away by peer pressure as it is you who understands your relationship the best.

• Stop nagging about the future: Live in the present. When we say this, we mean that you should enjoy each and every moment in the present without anticipating the future aspects.
At the same time, this does not mean that you have to become carefree.
Do plan your future, but do not let it ruin your present. This will bring down the accumulating levels of stress in your relationship.

• Communication is the key: Is the increasing stress level in your relationship affecting your relationship bond? Have you already planned to call it quits? Well, the easiest thing in life is to give up and look for alternatives.
Make an effort to bridge the gap between the two of you. Try communicating with your spouse and find out a solution to the problem.
An effective communication is the only key to a healthy and happy relationship.

• Take a break: Last but not the least; pamper yourself and your beloved. Do not let your work take a toll on your relationship. Take time out and go for small breaks with your partner once in a while.

What is important here is that you identify the stress areas, and start working on them before they get uncontrollable and start affecting your relationship.
And once you succeed, you will soon begin to enjoy your relationship.

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