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This exercise must be done after you’ve worked through reflecting on our your own feelings.

Having supportive relationships in your life is critical for your own mental health, therefore it may be necessary for you to try to understand your loved one’s emotions and be sensitive to them.

Set aside a time and a safe space and allow yourself to wonder what it is like to be your loved one. Are they angry, sad, guilty? Now, wonder why they feel this way.

We have created a few short notes that you can copy and share with them…

  • I know you are worried about me. Thank you for caring so much.

  • Life feels a little crazy right now and I know you are hurting too.

  • I know you want to make everything better for me and get frustrated when you can’t.  It helps me just to know you are with me.


So, now what?

There is so much we can do when it comes to managing our stress and improving our relationships so they can calm our stress, not add to it. In fact, we’re only scratching the surface here. That’s why BMB is in the process of putting together some special e-Books that dive deeper into the emotional challenges of relationships, with more on how to improve them so that you can have a strong support system!

“Moving Beyond Your Battle: Calm Amidst The Stress” is the title of our first e-Book, which is designed specifically for you – the individual living with any kind of chronic illness, disease, or disability. In this e-Book you will learn…

How to recognize your specific emotional triggers

Calming strategies for anytime, anywhere, any condition

How to identify people who can be your emotional anchors

Ways to tell people that they are adding to your stress