At any given time, people manage multiple relationships, including those with a loved one, children, other family members, friends, coworkers, and romantic relationships.
Each of these relationships can provide a mix of love, joy, support, and excitement; yet they can also cause grief and heartache. Each of our relationships has its own set of obligations and possible conflict, and each has the ability to impact how we feel at any given moment.
Distress in a relationship, regardless of the reason, can lead to a variety of issues, including codependency, loneliness, anxiety, and depression, to name a few. And even the most well-matched and loving couples will experience the occasional conflicts or misunderstandings that escalate to a point where they are unable to resolve their differences in a positive manner.
What Causes Conflict In Relationships?
Relationship problems can also be triggered by a change in circumstances, such as:
• Change in family circumstances (e.g., a new baby, divorce, blending of families)
• Change in life circumstances (e.g., unemployment, moving, homelessness, retirement, ageing)
• Death of a family member, close friend, or pet
• Natural disasters (e.g., a fire, flood, or earthquake)
Relationship issues can be a real source of stress and anxiety. The best thing that family and friends can do for a loved one experiencing these problems is to give their time. Listening in a non-judgemental manner, guiding them towards finding their own solution, and offering whatever support they need are all great ways to help.
If you need support, consider speaking with a mental health professional who can validate your experience. A mental health professional can also provide specific tips and ideas for healing from this loss. If you’d like to speak with a therapist, such as myself, consider scheduling a consultation. You’re not alone.
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