12 Ways a Relationship Can Hurt Your Mental Health

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You know the saying, ‘Love is a battlefield’? Well, sometimes, it isn’t just metaphorical. When it comes to relationships, it isn’t all candle-lit dinners and long walks on the beach.

Now, we’re not saying you should start leading a monk-like existence, but it’s worth noting that relationships, while scrumptiously satisfying, can occasionally dish out a mental health hiccup or twelve.

Physical and Verbal Abuse

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Now, you might think, “Of course, physical harm is painful; that’s a no-brainer!” But the real damage often lies beneath the surface in the form of mental scars.

Enduring a constant barrage of hurtful words, belittlement, or physical violence can lead to anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Words can pack a punch, too!

Making Excuses for Your Partner’s Behavior

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Maybe they’re habitually late, consistently forget to do something important, or just plain rude. You find yourself saying things like, “Oh, they’re just busy,” or “They didn’t mean it that way.”

But constantly making excuses for someone else’s behavior can leave you feeling exhausted, undervalued, and anxious. 

Lack of Support

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You know that old song, “Lean on Me”? Well, it turns out Bill Withers was onto something. If your partner isn’t there to listen when you’ve had a bad day, or if they’re dismissive of your feelings and concerns, it may feel like you’re on a solo journey, bracing for the storm all alone. 

Over-Dependence 2.0

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You might find yourself relying on your partner to make decisions, manage your emotions, or even define your self-worth. A dash of reliance is healthy in a partnership, but when it turns into a full-course meal, it’s a recipe for emotional indigestion. 

Sleep Disturbances

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When you’re in a relationship that’s more stress-inducing than calming, your mind can spin into overdrive, causing you to lose those valuable Zs.

Whether it’s due to arguments that run late into the night or the anxiety of unresolved issues, sleep disturbances can leave you feeling like a zombie in your waking hours. 

Festering Resentments

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Resentments aren’t like fine wine; they don’t get better with age. The constant replaying of past grievances can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Worse yet, it might even turn you into a grudge hoarder. 

Lowered Self-Esteem

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In relationships that feel like an emotional roller coaster, we may start to believe the negative things our partner says about us, causing us to second-guess our worth.

Remember: your value isn’t determined by someone’s inability to see it. It’s okay to love someone, but it’s vital to love yourself more.

Constant Suspicion

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This gnawing feeling in your gut that your partner is up to no good can become a full-time job, robbing you of peace, sleep, and joy.

When you’re always on high alert, examining every phone call, text, and glance, you’re not just hurting your mental health—you’re also sabotaging trust. Remember, ‘Trust is a must,’ or your relationship can collect dust!

Unequal Give and Take

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Picture this: one half of a partnership is pulling double duty, bending over backward, going the extra mile – you get the drift! Meanwhile, the other person is just reaping the benefits with minimal effort.

This imbalance can lead to resentment, frustration, and stress, slowly gnawing at your mental well-being. 

Gaslighting

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Picture this: you find yourself in a constant state of confusion and self-doubt, questioning your own memory, perception, or sanity, thanks to your partner’s manipulative tricks like outright denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying.

This psychological warfare is a form of mental abuse that can lead to anxiety, depression, and even a nervous breakdown. 

Lack of Communication

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Don’t you just love the silent treatment? Oh, the joy of guessing what’s happening in your partner’s head! In all seriousness, a lack of communication can turn a relationship into an elaborate guessing game where instead of prizes, you’re greeted with anxiety and confusion. 

Infidelity

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Few things can rock a relationship quite like a betrayal of trust. Everything you thought was solid and secure can suddenly feel precariously unstable.

Anxiety, depression, and trust issues can rise as swiftly as a bad pop song on the charts. It’s not just about the act of infidelity itself but the festering wound of deception beneath it. 

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10 Signs Your Partner Is Secretly ‘Quiet Dumping’ You

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