10 Ways to Deal With Relationship Fatigue

10 Ways to Deal With Relationship Fatigue

via Thrive Global by Bryan Robinson

Do you ever feel like shipping your loved ones off to relatives or disappearing into a federal witness protection program to get space from co-workers so you have time for yourself? You’re not alone. After the pandemic squeezed us physically and psychologically closer, too much togetherness can plunge us into relationship fatigue—mental and physical exhaustion and depletion of emotional energy brought on by the stress of interacting with and helping others at the expense of taking care of ourselves.

When we interact with colleagues and family members through email and Zoom 24/7 days on end, chances are the things we say and our decisions are different from the ones we make after our brain has a rest period. Why? Relationship fatigue wears out the brain and depletes our mental energy. And it’s more difficult for our strained mind to make even ordinary decisions such as what to wear, where to eat, how much to spend or how to prioritize work projects. Professional and personal responsibilities start to feel like additional demands and obligations that we resent. Relationship fatigue can cause us to shift important interactions to the back burner, bark at others, take shortcuts or opt out of decision making at home and work altogether—possibly jeopardizing job performance and the company’s bottom line.

Signs Of Relationship Fatigue

Studies show healthy collegial relationships produce greater job satisfaction, morale and job performance. Co-workers share work-related information more quickly and more accurately when relationships are collegial, whether with peers, supervisors or subordinates. The better the professional relationships, the better informed people are about workplace issues and the more satisfied they are with their jobs. But relationship fatigue can devolve into bitterness and conflict. Here are the signs:

Foggy Thinking. Trouble concentrating and the ability to think clearly are hallmarks of relationship fatigue. Exhaustion and loss of meaning in your career or in maintaining relationships is common.

Impatience. You lose patience for ordinary mistakes and the ability to work as a team member. You’re moody with a short fuse, and you snap at colleagues and family members. Co-worker job requests start to feel like unreasonable demands…

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