In my practice as a coach for leaders and talents, when dealing with stress, I often get the question, how should I explain to my partner, how to support me through this time of stress recovery? So in this article you will get five advices on how to prepare your partner to support you though stress recovery. If you are a partner for someone who is seriously stressed and who has to recover, you will get five pieces of advice here.
Basically, the art of recovering from stress is to deactivate the sympathetic nervous system, which has been overactive, and reactivate the para-sympathetic system. Hence, you can really recharge. It requires peace and the feeling of security.
As a partner of someone who is severely stressed, you can help by helping to create that peace and security needed. If your partner is the type that generally is on top of things, it can be a new experience to see your partner broken and low on energy. For some people it feels weird. But it can be the door to adding another dimension to your relationship.
As a stress sufferer, there are a number of things you can explain to your partner to create the best possible conditions for your recovery:
The body, brain and nervous system are absolutely amazing. They can actually recover all by themselves, if only you get rest and feel secure in the time it takes to get back to normal. So, stay under the warm blanket, and watch Netflix for a few months until the nervous system has healed… all by itself.