How stress can affect your relationship

Stress is a huge issue and can affect every area of our lives.  It’s an emotion that we can all feel from time to time, particularly in such strange times as these. While stress can affect many different aspects of our lives, our personal relationships can take one of the biggest hits – and it affects men and women across the whole age spectrum.

Are you noticing some of these signs in your relationship? Stress could be a big factor!

Lack of Communication

When our minds are full of worries, carrying out a warm and personal conversation with a loved one can be the last thing on our to-do list. Holding high levels of stress can affect the way we communicate with our partners, making us become more withdrawn and unattentive than usual. Trying to speak to your partner about your issues could relieve stress.

Lost Sex Drive (Erectile Dysfunction) 

Stress can also cause people to lose their libido and desire for sexual activities, which in men can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, there are some very effective and readily available treatments for this, including medication such as Sildenafil.

General Bad Mood

Carrying around stress with us all the time can lead to heightened anxiety and depression if not dealt with quickly, and many stress sufferers are prone to moodiness and temper as they try to internally deal with their stress. Intense emotions can impact our partners’ emotions significantly and cause their mood to lower too.

Poor Performance at Work, Stress Absence or Overwork

While stress impacts on relationships, it can also impact on work, leading to further stress – however it can also become an escape from a stressed-out relationship, masking the real issues and making the overall situation even worse.  By recognising that stress, not relationships or jobs, is often at the heart of the issue, you can begin to tackle each area of your life with a clear head.

Some Ways of Tackling Stress

  • Speak to someone: a friend, partner, doctor who you trust to understand you and give you support.
  • Go for a walk: getting some fresh air will help your general wellbeing, and nature is known to be a natural relaxant.
  • Or maybe a Run? Exercise is proven to release stress and boost mood, along with improving our general health!
  • Writing down your feelings is a great way of internally processing bad emotions. Emotional health is very important but often overlooked in our busy lives.
  • Take a break from what is stressing you, even for just a day. Coming back to it with a fresh mind will do wonders.
  • Meditation is also a fantastic way of dealing with intense feelings, you can find lots of free guided meditations online.

If you find that stress is causing you issues in your everyday life, it’s important to deal with it early on before problems grow. There are lots of organisations you can find online, such as stress.org.uk or your GP.