How Mental Clarity Can Affect Personal Relationships
- by Stephen Touhey
It’s hard to escape the stresses of daily life. Even the most zen yogis must experience stress once in a while, right? It’s human nature.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 54% of people surveyed said that stress provoked a fight with someone close to them and 48% said stress has a negative effect on their personal and professional life.
That isn’t the only study with these findings either. There’s more than enough evidence linking high stress levels with negative impacts on those you care about. Why is that?
Here’s how mental clarity can affect personal relationships and what you can do to keep your cool.
You might say something you regret
When you're stressed out, your brain isn’t working properly and your mental clarity is less than stellar. Stress can make you irritable, which can make emotions go outside of your “usual” demeanor.
For a person who knows you well, this could easily lead to a miscommunication or quick snub, which sparks an argument.
A perfect example is an overworked spouse who comes home from work to find a messy house and screaming kids. With mental clarity, the spouse could likely handle the minor inconveniences at home without causing any problems. With stress from work on the table too, they might say something hurtful to their partner or child.
You could forget something important
Stress can not only tank your immune system, but also cause brain fog. When stress affects your mental clarity, or lack thereof, it’s easy to forget something important.
Maybe you forgot your child’s dance recital, your anniversary, or you left the gas station with your gas cap off. Brain fog caused by stress can even make it difficult to recall important information for your job. The stress creates more stress and you may end up letting colleagues at work or your loved ones down.
You might push people away
In a 2015 study done in Switzerland, participants admitted to receiving less support from their partner when they were also stressed. The study showed that relationships were worse off when one or both partners were stressed. No matter where the stress originated, it bled over into their personal relationships.
How to lower your stress levels to save your relationships
It’s obvious how mental clarity can affect personal relationships, so how can you lower your stress levels to prevent unnecessary disputes? Here are 6 ways to get your mental clarity back.
- Yoga, Meditation, & Tai Chi - Focusing your attention in these ways activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the calming part of your nervous system. Once it’s switched on, your stress will melt away.
- Mindfulness - This practice trains your brain through neuroplasticity to be in the present moment instead of focusing on the past or future. By being present, stress levels drop and gratitude increases. You might even get significantly happier! It takes some practice, but if you stick with it, you’ll be glad you did.
- Bio-frequency Patches - These patches work with your body’s natural energy field, harnessing energy medicine technology derived from quantum physics. BioActivate makes a clarity patch that’s drug free and starts working quickly with little effort.
- Journaling - Sometimes you just need to get everything out of your head. It’s hard to sleep when your mind is like a runaway train that can't stop ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Writing it all out, takes it out of your mind and into your journal. It opens up space for relaxation and sleep to come in.
- Healthy Lifestyle - A weak immune system can also add to stress, so it’s important to eat a well rounded diet rich in fruit and vegetables, plus fermented foods for gut health. It’s also important to exercise. It’s not only great for your cardiovascular health, but it improves feel-good hormones that will help eliminate stress.