Are You Stressed Out And Saying Hurtful Things To Your Partner?

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Are You Stressed Out And Saying Hurtful Things To Your Partner?
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Do you frequently find yourself angry all the time, upset, or just stressed out and saying hurtful things to your partner? Things that are meant to wound and can't be taken back later, no matter how much you regret them?

What’s really going on with you?

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Being angry so frequently would suggest that you could use a personal check-in session and some self-reflection time.

There are many external factors in today's world that could certainly influence your mood, as well as your attention to your health and wellness. This includes exercise, sleep, and nutrition habits.

"Stressed out" may be your new normal, and if so, you may want to slow down to rotate and balance your life before you inadvertently dump your frazzle on your partner in a hurtful way.

Before you say something that will hurt your partner, press pause. There is power in pausing as it breaks the pattern of reacting from emotion and allows you to respond from logic instead.

If you're angry all the time however, your emotions are controlling your actions, and typically will hurt others — especially those you love most.

Use visualization to change your pattern of behavior.

To calm down, begin with the pause by closing your eyes. Watch an angry scene in your life like a movie, and notice exactly what you're doing. What do you look like? Your posture? Your facial features?

Next, focus on what the scene sounds like. What is your volume? Loud or soft? Your tone? Sarcastic or critical? Defensive or judgmental?

Now, notice what it feels like. Do you feel any tension in your body? Stomach pain? Headache or nausea?

If there was a smell and taste associated with this angry scene, what would it be? Pungent and bitter? If you don’t have either, associate a smell that repels you and a taste that disgusts you.

Open your eyes! Now, that you are incensed by your own behavior, re-write the scene, but first, come up with your motivation, and you may want to go smell and taste something pleasant to help change your mindset.

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Determine your motivation to sustain the change

What would be your motivation? Does the thought of your inability to control the sharpness of your tongue and its ability slash through the heart of your partner hurt you?

In the angry version of you, what did your partner look like? What was their posture? What did they sound like? What do you imagine they felt like?

Do you think they may get tired of this movie marathon? Of the smell and taste it leaves with them? Have you been too busy seeing yourself that you haven’t even noticed them?

If you truly do not want to break their heart, or yours, write a new script. In the new scene, the calm version of you, how do you want to look, sound, and feel?

What’s that? A smile? A gentle touch? A pleasant tone?

Are you sitting across the table from them, looking them in their eyes? Are you smelling and tasting gardenias or fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies?

Express your feelings without being hurtful.

Even when there is conflict, it doesn’t have to be rude or ugly. You should always express your feelings by having an open and honest conversation with your partner. 

But you will not resolve your issue by communicating from a place of anger. Being angry all the time is exhausting for you both. Angry communication is critical, blaming, humiliating, attacking, and heartbreaking.

Get in touch with your emotions, and know yourself well enough so that you can pause and reject the repulsive angry version of yourself that may break your partner’s heart with your emoting behavior and cutting words.

Then, press play on the pleasant calm version, where you and your partner connect and solve the issue at hand in a mutually respectful way, deepening your trust and maturing your love.

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Ann Papayoti, CPC, is a life coach and personal development professional helping people help themselves through losses and transitions as a relationship expert. For more information on how she can help you, visit her website.