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5 Tips for Managing Relationship Stress

By Sara Lindberg
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
September 21, 2022

Relationship stress—whether it’s related to romance or dating, conflict at work, or issues with friends and family—may be an inevitable part of life.

“Most of us enjoy connecting with our friends, family, and romantic partners, and as much as these relationships bring joy, laughter, and excitement, they can also bring frustration, disappointment, and stress,” says Jayne’ Green, a licensed professional counselor based in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Being able to cope with stress in your personal and professional relationships is a valuable skill. That’s because relationships that endure unaddressed stress will inevitably result in conflict, says Colleen Wenner, licensed mental health counselor and founder and clinical director of New Heights Counseling and Consulting, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. “If you want to have a happy relationship, you must learn how to deal with stress,” she says.