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Reduce Stress by

Maintaining Healthy

Relationships During

Times of Crisis

During times of crisis, maintaining healthy relationships is more important than ever. But due to social distancing and since more people are working from home, it’s common for some relationships to get strained. They say that “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but it also opens the door to misunderstandings and tension. Whether it’s with a family member, co-worker, or friend, every relationship is prone to stress during times of crisis, separation, and social distancing.

Rather than let these negative times ruin your once healthy relationships, a better approach is to shift from being reactive to proactive. Here’s what I mean.

When you decide to feel offended by someone’s words or deeds—or lack of them—consider viewing the situation in multiple ways. For example, I may be tempted to think that a co-worker is ignoring my messages, or I can consider the possibility that he has been very busy, has family problems, has heard bad news about his health, or simply that he may be overwhelmed in some way. When you avoid assuming other people’s motivations, you can perceive their expressions more objectively.

By the way, this is one of my main messages in my Live Without Stress book. Assumptions are guesses and are the cause for multiple problems.

Resist assuming, which often prompts negative thinking and negative feelings. By widening your perspective on a situation, you can reduce the possibility of misunderstandings and thereby preserve healthy relationships.

Tip: Human beings are social creatures, and healthy relationships are vital to our well-being. Don’t let challenging times prompt false assumptions that lead to difficult relationships.

I did a video on this very subject. Watch and enjoy!

"Stress Management Tip: Assumptions"

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