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Relationships. Broken Family


Do you feel that your relationship is at breaking point? Have you reached a point where you are questioning where your relationship might be going? Perhaps things have changed and you're not sure how to get your relationship back on track.
It may be that your once happy home life is being torn apart by arguments, misunderstandings, stress, anger, disconnection and unmet needs.

Ideally, our families are those whom we can always rely on for support, from whom we draw strength and feedback, for whom we feel love and concern and with whom we feel close and comfortable. In reality few families meet this expectation 100% of the time and a whole range of family problems will challenge every family at some point.

Relationships. Two Heads

Common family relationship problems include:

• Breakdown in communication

• Bullying/harassment/controlling behaviour

• Lack of trust/respect in a relationship

• Frequent arguing and disagreements

• Avoidance

• Physical conflict.

• Negative emotions – anger, sadness, anxiety.

• Difference in opinions, personalities, beliefs, values or goals.

• Change in family circumstances e.g. new baby, divorce/separation, blended families.

• Stress.

• Issues relating to sexuality.

• Using alcohol or drug use to cope or escape.

• Gambling problems.

• Exhaustion.

• Feeling isolated, alone or withdrawn.

• Lack of concentration.

• Difficulty eating or sleeping.

• Problems with friends, colleagues or your children.

Things you can do if you are having family/relationship problems.

Talk -

Communication is the key and often the first step to finding solutions. Communication can break down due to conflicting expectations, distractions with other issues or difficulties in expressing individual needs in ways that others can clearly understand.

Be calm and honest about your concerns when discussing your problems with loved ones. Respect each other's differences.

Accept your differences - It can help avoid unnecessary conflict if you can recognise that people have different ideas, opinions and beliefs and you may not always be in agreement.

Have fun together - Even when things are tough, it's important to find the time to have fun with your loved ones.

Make a plan - It can help reduce stress and give common goals to work towards. For example if you are having financial problems it can help to create a budget.

Get help - you may not always be able to solve your problems yourself so you may need some external help

Talk to friends and family - Although it may be difficult and embarrassing to talk with friends about your relationship it can often help you view your situation from different perspectives. Often other people will have had similar experiences and maybe able to offer support.

See your GP if you are concerned about mental health problems in yourself or others.

Talk to a Counsellor

Seeking the help of a counsellor can help you explore your relationship problems. At Clarity Counselling we can help you explore he difficulties you are having in your relationship/s. Individual counselling will enable you to address the issues in a supportive, non-judgemental , confidential environment. Often communication breakdowns are the main reason of relationship difficulties. Together we will explore these and look at healthy ways to communicate and relate with others to address the issues.

Helpful Websites

Couple Connection - Advice and support for all types of relationship issues.

Netmums- the UK's biggest parenting website offering local info, parenting advice and support.

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