Imagine a scenario where you’ve come home from an exceptionally stressful day at work. You try and wear a fake smile, but much as you try your irritation gets the better of you. The result? Yet another fight with your loved one.
Stress often spills over to our relationships, both personal and professional, because it diminishes our control over our emotions. Relationships especially get hit when we refuse to acknowledge the fact that we are under stress and pretend everything is okay.
Here’s how a stressed you could be ruining your relationships:
- Time warp
It’s like a flow chart. Too much work stress -> wonky work-life balance -> too little time to nurture relationships -> relationship mess. Simple, isn’t it?
- Grumpy Ganesh
No matter how much someone cares for you, no one wants to be around someone who’s always irritable, and short-tempered. Because that’s what stress will do to you. Think about it, would you want to be with someone unpleasant and unhappy?
- Energy Drain
Stress can drain you of physical and emotional energy, leaving you feeling depleted and exhausted. Relationships suffer when you’re too tired to engage with your friends and loved ones. Not only do you miss out on all the fun, in your stressed state you are unlikely to enjoy whatever little you do engage in.
- Pillar of Weakness
Stress can be overwhelming and it often saps up all your emotional resources. Which means that if someone needs to lean on you for support, you will probably already be too spent to be able to help him or her in any way.
- Bed Bug
From vague aches and pains to chronic fatigue, stress can age you in more ways than one. It can literally make you physical ill. When you’re sick more often than not, people around you have no choice but to become caregivers. This messes up the balance in relationships, with one person having to take care of the other at all times.
Personal health and happiness are essential to sustain joyful relationships. If you feel you’re stressed and unhappy, seek help. Before you miss the relationship boat.