Relationships

Committed, healthy relationships contribute to living longer, healthier, happier lives.

Social and romantic relationships can act as a buffer against the impact of stressful or negative life experiences on your mental health. By being deeply connected with others in meaningful relationships, either socially or romantically, you are more likely to have a positive mental outlook.

However, disconnection from these important relationships, often experienced as prolonged loneliness or isolation, can significantly contribute to the development of mental health disorders

Relationships and Men

Relationship distress is the leading source of most mental health issues.

Men respond to relationship issues in a variety of ways and exactly how they respond is often dependent upon they type of social and cultural influences they’ve grown up with and how much emotional support they have as adults. Some men may find themselves withdrawing by seeking solitude or space. Others pursue through aggressive behavior in order to find resolution. Some subjugate in order to maintain peace and harmony.

While the behavior may vary in nature, men and their loved ones pay a high price when relationship distress remains problematic.

Relationship distress can be experienced in number of emotional, and physical ways such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Decreased immune function
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Reduced problem-solving abilities
  • Sleep problems and/or insomnia
  • Inability to think or concentrate
  • Feeling worthless, shame or excess guilt
  • Fear of abandonment or rejection

Men are also more inclined to adopt compensatory behaviors that serve as coping strategies for relationship conflict or distress, such as:

  • Withdrawing from family, friends and colleagues or becoming isolated
  • Controlling, violent or abusive behavior
  • Working longer hours
  • Problematic worry or fear of the future
  • Perfectionism
  • Irritability or inappropriate anger
  • Risky behavior, such as reckless driving
  • Alcohol or substance abuse to self-medicating

Clinical Options

Living in conflict or within a toxic relationship is more damaging than being alone.

It might feel like the cycle of conflict in your relationships is never-ending and unresolvable. However, with the right tools and guidance you can rediscover a sense of calm and resolution, while defining new ways of developing and maintaining strong connections in your relationships.

One of the most effective, evidenced-based clinical methods used to address relationship challenges is talk therapy (psychotherapy). Psychotherapy can incorporate clinical methods such as Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy (Systems theory), as well as effective communication practices such as Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Harnessing these types of tools can help you navigate and effectively address relationship conflict or distress with an improved sense of confidence, clarity and compassion.

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I carried so much resentment toward my partner for years. But when I discovered my own contribution to the relationship problems we were having – then I was able to practically do things different. Therapy taught me that I had something positive to contribute. K.L 

I was the typical Mr. Nice Guy in all of my relationships. I presented a persona – which I truly disliked about myself. Simon helped my find my inner voice and courage and I’m living life in a way that feels just right. Thanks Simon. G.S.

My marriage of 15 years was a complete disaster. I kept on sweeping the big issues under the rug. Avoidance was my M.O. Simon helped me discover effective ways to express my worries and fears and my marriage is now more fulfilling than it’s ever been. E.E.

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