The simplest yet most effective ways to prevent workplace stress from damaging your relationship, according to a psychotherapist

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There are steps you can take to manage stress in a healthy way.

  • Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author.
  • High-stress careers can often be a cause of tension in personal relationships.
  • After an exhausting day at the office, you may be short-tempered or irritable, and unintentionally bring those feelings home.
  • To combat this, Morin advises increasing the amount of sleep and exercise you are getting, as research shows that these increases are associated with an improved ability to cope with distress and manage emotions in a healthy way.
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A high-stress job can take a serious toll on your relationship if you're not careful. After a hard day at the office, you might want to be left alone when you arrive home, much to the disappointment of your partner who can't wait to talk to you. Or maybe you find yourself short-tempered every evening, so you raise your voice at the kids and get snarky with your partner, all because workplace stress has left you feeling drained and anxious.

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Amy Morin.

A high-stress job can deplete your mental energy, so there might be little patience, tolerance, and kindness leftover when you get home. All of this can damage your relationship.

While a different job might give you some relief, there's also an equally good chance that a new job might be just as stressful as the previous one. Fortunately, you have other options. Research shows that there are some simple things you can do to manage your stress in a healthy way so you don't take out your frustrations on your family, no matter how stressful your job is.