Are you caught in the trap of wanting to be close to your loved ones yet fearing it at the same time?
Do you put your guard up or cover yourself in several suits of armor in order to survive closeness?
It’s very stressful to both long for and dread contact with loved ones.
Such a no win situation is the biggest and most lethal source of stress that shows up in your body.
Chronic stress can cause pain, fatigue, insomnia, gastric complaints, hair loss, weight gain, skin breakouts, dizziness, mouth sores, and sexual problems.
Enjoy blooming again when you learn to manage your relationship stress
photograph copyright Jeanette Raymond, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy for stress related sickness can help you:
1. Pin point the relationship dynamics that trigger a stress response in you, which leads to sickness.
Benefit: awareness of the stressful interplay can help you take appropriate steps to change the rules of the relationship. You don’t have to get sick by keeping your feelings silent.
2. Face and manage the fear that renders you helpless, leading to physical symptoms.
Benefit: you set yourself free from the trap of wanting contact with someone but also fearing it.
3. Practice putting your needs and fears into words that you can express to loved ones.
Benefit: you exercise some immediate control over the interactions by explaining your experience, and encouraging a shift in the emotional climate of the relationship.
4. Voice your conflicts to yourself so you can put them on the table and deal with them openly.
Benefit: you no longer have to try to please one part of you over and another and then appease the parts that got left behind. You get to please all parts of you in ways that feel comfortable.
Copyright, Jeanette Raymond, Ph.D.
photograph copyright, Jeanette Raymond, Ph.D.
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