Of the many stressful things which we often have to confront in life, one of the most disturbing is the fallout from a bad relationship. No matter where you first met, even if it was through instant attraction on online flirting site, feelings will evolve, and not always in a good way. This is made especially difficult because, at some point, a crucial decision must be made: can this relationship be salvaged, or is it time to cut your losses and move on?
If you are thinking your relationship is worth saving, then here are five ways of overcoming this negative stress.
Make the survival of your partnership the ultimate goal
Assuming you have arrived at the difficult decision your bad relationship is not so toxic the only solution would be for you to walk away, you need to have a clear goal. Focus on the potential you believe there to be in what you have and ensure you make the preservation of your relationship your main focus. Once you make this commitment it will put things in a more optimistic perspective. Doubt and ambiguity are negative factors which will only exacerbate the stress during a bad relationship, but the moment these are removed from the equation you can be much more positive. Instead, devote all your energies to identifying whatever is ‘bad’ and taking mutual steps to overcome these.
Be the bigger person – be respectful even if this not mutual
A bad relationship is never going to get better if the partners are adopting rigid positions which only ever result in argument and confrontation. If you are striving towards getting things back on an even keel, take a step back and be more proactive. If you can keep a clear head, you can identify when the other person is being less than respectful.
Rather than stooping to their level, demonstrate some maturity and offer them respect. This will gradually empower them until they begin seeing the error of their ways.
Always ensure you focus on ‘me time’
Because the stress from a bad relationship can often seem overwhelming, it is important to try and focus on feeling positive. Get it into your head there is so much more to you than being part of this situation. Whenever possible, step away from the confrontational aspects and concentrate on your own feelings. Find the time to do things separate to your partner, whether that’s indulging a hobby or socializing with other people. Try and find ways of keeping yourself feeling upbeat as often as possible.
Take the time to be positive
When you are living in a negative relationship, it can often seem intuitive to simply maintain barriers. But if you want to overcome negative feelings, it is important to behave in the opposite way. Rather than making excuses to push your partner away, adopt a more inclusive approach. It might be worth rewinding to an earlier point in your partnership when it seemed so much so natural to reach out with shows of affection. This could lead to more intimate displays of dormant feelings at bedtime. Whether you are being tactile or simply supportive, this will not only help alleviate your own stress it will do wonders for the strength of your relationship.
Try and overlook flaws
A bad relationship will promote stress because it is only natural to dwell on negative aspects. Instead, focus on the positive sides, no matter disproportionately rare they might seem. If your bad relationship does begin to improve, you will promote a swift recovery by concentrating on the good rather than dwelling on weaknesses.
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