HEALTH

Filtering Relationship Stress Wisely

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In our world of instant messaging, cellphones and texting, being online much of the day, we tend to pick up the bad news of those we care about rather quickly. How do we cope?

Tribune News Service

Most of us want to offer emotional support to other people. But, do you sometimes wonder how you’ll keep your own sanity?

For example, maybe you’re awake all night worrying about your boss’ threat to fire you. But the next morning, a close friend calls you to unload her bad medical report.

On top of this, you might get a call from your brother. He wants a loan quickly, because he needs a medical procedure and he doesn’t have insurance.

“I really was close to screaming with my own stress,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Patty, “when a ton of bricks came flying my way. Two of my adult children announced they were getting a divorce. They both wanted to know if I could help with the grandchildren!”

In our world of instant messaging, cellphones and texting, being online much of the day, we tend to pick up the bad news of those we care about rather quickly. How do we cope?

These tips can help:

-Get the facts. For example, just because someone “might” get a divorce or “might have cancer” does not mean the worst-case scenario will materialize. Stay cool until you know more.

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