When relationships fall apart


When relationships fall apartA marriage, a love relationship, a close friendship are all connections central to our sense of self and well-being. When a significant relationship comes to an end, it can be a distressing event.

The end of a relationship can be influenced by different circumstances:

  • One person plans to leave the relationship and has a positive vision of the future
  • One person is resistant or in denial about the end of the relationship
  • Both parties mutually move apart emotionally and/or physically

Regardless of how your relationship came to an end, you need to take care of yourself through this transition.

Keep an eye out for different levels and types of stress that you may experience:

  1. Emotional: feelings of confusion, rejection, anger, powerlessness, victimization, depression
  2. Physical: headaches, backaches, ulcers, asthma, more frequent colds and flu

6 tips for managing stress during a break-up

  1. Recognize and express your feelings
  2. Reach out to friends, relatives, support groups, or a therapist
  3. Try a new activity and meet new people
  4. Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle
  5. Avoid turning to alcohol or other depressants
  6. Treat yourself to small indulgences!

Taking time to reflect and heal from your break-up encourages new insight and the opportunity for new relationships to flourish.

A broken relationship can sometimes be put back together. Many times it can be an invitation to change and implement safeguards to avoid future relationship breakdowns. Contact your Employee and Family Assistance Program and speak to one of our relationship experts. Call 1 866 833-7690 or visit workhealthlife.com.

Suggested further reading: Coming Apart: Why relationships end and how to live through the ending of yours by Daphne Rose Kingma


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