Handle Stressful Relationships By Putting Up Boundaries

Here continues a summary of my posts on how to recover as quickly as possible from stress and exhaustion.

In my daily work with people who have sought help for problems with stress and fatigue, I have been able to distinguish 3 building blocks in stress management:
1) Regulate your stress level, se techniques in earlier post
2) Handle stress sources
3) Use stress management habits

When it comes to the second building block, handle stress sources, there are several important areas:
-Self-image and values
-Thoughts & Pacing
-At Home
-At Work
-Relationships
-Technology

Today the post continues with relationships

Another important way to deal with close relatives is to be attentive to and listen closely to one’s own feelings. It is often through our emotions that we can hear our needs and boundaries. To be able to hear our feelings, we must not be too stressed or tired.

For this reason, it is also important to postpone decisions about actions concerning relationships until we can hear in our bodies what we need and what is too much.

It is also important to be vigilant by studying whom that arouse feelings and explore what it may be about – What are we not happy with?

What bondary is trespassed? What is the issue behind? What changes would we like to make?

Defining new boundaries for the first time, as in saying no and showing a new defining behaviour is often the most difficult.

Keep in mind that the other person often needs time to understand before it is possible to respond constructively.

We humans often instinctively respond with a counter-attack or questioning the new situation.

If it is possible to restate the wished for boundary, postpone an additional reaction, endure and stay calm, the relationship usually falls into place within 3 weeks – this is often the normal response time.

More about how to handle stressful situations in relationships next week.

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