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How to Ease Relationship Anxiety

What Is Relationship Anxiety? 

Relationship anxiety can affect anyone and any relationship, no matter if you've been together for four months or five years. But in any case, the aftermath of experiencing relationship anxiety is rarely pretty. General anxiety disorders may cause heightened panic, feelings of worthlessness, mistrust, or lack of safety. Signs of relationship anxiety include additional fearfulness, reading into words or actions, self-sabotage, and removing yourself from the present moment. Operating at such an activated level often wreaks havoc on our internal well-being, and at worse, creates cracks in the stability of our relationships. Therefore, it's crucial we discover solutions! Here are a few ways we can ease the anxiety we feel in our romantic relationships. 

Find the Root

In order to solve this problem, it's important to understand where it's rooted. While anxiety isn't always due to an underlying cause, some people who struggle with it report a trigger. Big anxiety triggers are trauma and past experiences. For example, if you're afraid your current partner is unfaithful, but you've experienced cheating before, that heartbreak can follow you into your next relationship. In other words, your current partner could be 100 percent committed to you, but their devotion may be outshined by the pain of that past experience. If we understand the core of our fear, then we can maneuver through our anxiety more readily.  

Avoid Acting on Your Feelings 

At times, anxiety creates false narratives in our heads. These stories then replay and replay, engaging with our fears and breaking our hearts in a constant cycle. For as deep as the pain may reach, it's natural to desire reassurance and security. But, a dangerous impulsivity can grow. An urge to prove everything is all right can quickly backfire. After all, a large percentage of the time what our brains show us is only a fear, not reality.  So, find ways to bring yourself down from that mental activation. One method includes minimizing other anxiety-inducing factors, such as our phones, stress, or caffeine. Another involves practices in mindfulness. These are diverse but are centered around bringing our minds into the present. Practices include meditation, journaling, therapy, or activities that bring us joy. 

Don't Be Afraid to Go All In

One of the most important things anxiety robs us of is the present moment. And when it comes to loving someone else, it's one of the worst things we can do to ourselves. Experiencing heartbreak and trauma can often impact our ability to commit completely. While we may be devoted partners in a number of ways, the anxiety that surrounds the fear of being hurt again is powerful and often holds us back from being vulnerable. As valid as these feelings are, if we remain in this mindset we cheat ourselves and our partners a chance at creating a real, meaningful connection. Communication and trust are vital for a healthy relationship. But in order to truly love somebody, we must not be afraid to invest ourselves fully. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midlothian, Va. 

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