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Navigating Stress in Relationships

Season #4

For our third episode in the Stress Less Podcast Series, we're focusing on how to navigate stress in relationships.

Stress and relationships are like dance partners, moving in sync with each other. Our reactions to stress are often instantaneous, tied to unresolved issues or traumas from our past. These triggers can be related to our beliefs, values, or even the core of our identity. When these aspects are threatened, it can lead to a powerful emotional reaction.

In our biology, stress activates our amygdala, triggering the fight-or-flight response. This primal reaction bypasses higher reasoning centers, making stress feel overwhelming, even in non-physical situations.

How can we skillfully navigate stress in a manner that enriches our relationships?

Understand Your Triggers

  • Common relationship triggers: rejection, abandonment, control, insecurity, and misunderstanding.
  • These triggers often stem from unmet needs or unclear communication, where expectations are not expressed.
  • Understanding the roots of our emotional triggers allows for more effective communication and coping strategies.

Let Go of Your Manual

  • We all carry a manual in our minds, detailing how others should behave to make us feel loved, secure, valued, and happy.
  • If we haven't communicated these needs and directions we set ourselves up for disappointment. 
  • Letting go of our manual means accepting others as they are, even if we don't always like their actions.
  • Try embracing the mantra "So let them" to free yourself of the burden of control.

Daily Coping Practices

  • Daily practices can give us ways to cope and meet our own needs.
  • Try movement, breathwork, and grounding exercises.

Clean and Assertive Communication

  • Use "I" statements (I feel this way, I need).
  • Be specific when articulating what is going on inside of you. If you need support, explain what support looks like to you.
  • Practice active listening by summarizing what you heard the other person say, asking for clarification, and not planning your response.

The people in our lives are our greatest teachers, revealing where we are not free within ourselves. When someone triggers something inside us, it's not about them; it's about us. It's an opportunity to heal and validate those parts of ourselves that need it most.

Remember, in the midst of stress, there's always an opportunity for growth and connection. Until next time, take care of yourselves and each other.

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