THE RELATIONSHIP TOOL

TIP FOR LOVED ONES: COMMUNICATE YOuR FEELINGS

 

Pick an instance when your behavior was reflective of your stress.

Think about what you were really feeling in that moment.  Don’t judge yourself, just allow yourself to feel…

Once you’ve identified your feelings, write a letter to someone explaining the connection between your feelings and the behavior.

If you want to give this letter to them, do so. If it seems too hard, that’s okay. Tuck it away.

Here are a couple examples, along with a template you can use if you’d like……

 
 
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Dear husband,

Sometimes I am overwhelmed by all the things I feel like I need to be able to do for our family. I know that your inability to do certain things is not your choice, but a result of your condition. I also feel sad because I can’t take away the challenges you face. Today when I raised my voice at you it was simply my stress getting the best of me...

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Dear Daughter,

Today was hard for both of us and I am so sorry I embarrassed you. After waiting hours for your doctor I was rude to your nurse when you seemed uncomfortable answering her questions. I want to make all of this go away for you and I can’t...