How to Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship

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  • user warning: Table './tipsformom_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n<p>When a relationship you care about is draining you emotionally, you might feel desperate to fix it. Maybe you spend every free moment worried about your partner or about when your next fight is due to erupt. After dealing with so much stress, it makes sense that you\'d be looking for answers. We\'ve outlined tons of tips that can help you improve your relationship\'s negative patterns. To learn how you can fix your emotionally draining relationship, read on.\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=1\" title=\"Edit section: Steps\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Steps\">Steps</span></h2>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=2\" title=\"Edit section: Figure out the problem.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Figure-out-the-problem.\">Figure out the problem.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Relationships are defined by patterns, so it\'s important to identify them. Try to pinpoint when you started feeling drained so you can determine what caused it.<sup id=\"_ref-1\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 1\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-1\">[1]</a></sup> Set a time to speak to your partner in a place that feels safe for both of you. Express your feelings, observations, and worries clearly, without placing blame on either you or your significant other. Remember, they\'ll have their own ideas too, so be prepared to listen with patience and understanding.<sup id=\"_ref-2\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 2\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-2\">[2]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-1.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 1.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/b/b0/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-1.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-1.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Try to keep the discussion\'s focus on the relationship\'s themes, instead of getting into the back and forth of a specific fight.</li>\n<li>When you and your partner identify an ongoing issue together, make sure the solution you decide on works for both of you.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=3\" title=\"Edit section: Take care of you.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Take-care-of-you.\">Take care of you.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>To bring your best self into the relationship, prioritize your needs. A draining relationship can steal your time and energy, so practice self-care to feel replenished. By making sure you feel your best, you’ll be able to bring more patience, understanding, and effort into your relationship.<sup id=\"_ref-3\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 3\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-3\">[3]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-2.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 2.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/a/ad/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-2.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-2.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Prioritize getting enough sleep.</li>\n<li>Take time each week to enjoy the things you love to do.</li>\n<li>Try to take the time to plan healthy, balanced meals.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=4\" title=\"Edit section: Talk about your needs.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Talk-about-your-needs.\">Talk about your needs.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>In a healthy relationship, both partners should get back what they give. In an emotionally draining relationship, though, you might be investing tons of effort without actually having your basic needs met.<sup id=\"_ref-4\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 4\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-4\">[4]</a></sup> Before either of you can take care of each other\'s needs, you need to communicate them with each other.<br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/3/37/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-3.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-3.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Come up with a list of basic requirements that you need in order to be happy in the relationship.</li>\n<li>This may be loyalty, a certain level of physical affection, mutual independence, and maybe a bit of reassurance.</li>\n<li>Encourage your partner to come up with their own list.</li>\n<li>Share your lists with each other. Together, you can brainstorm how to meet each other\'s needs in an emotionally sustainable way.</li>\n<li>This way, the two of you are more likely to put in effort that has positive effects on the relationship.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=5\" title=\"Edit section: Make compromise a habit in your relationship.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Make-compromise-a-habit-in-your-relationship.\">Make compromise a habit in your relationship.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>At the end of the day, a draining relationship needs fixing on both sides. If during a fight, you\'re both only focused on your own individual interests, it’s going to be really tough to get things resolved. When you’re fighting or falling into a negative pattern, try to center your relationship’s goals first. Encourage your partner to do the same.<sup id=\"_ref-5\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 5\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-5\">[5]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-4.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 4.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/c/c7/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-4.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-4.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>If you’re fighting about who will unload the dishwasher, don’t think of your interests as competing.</li>\n<li>One of you might insist that their day was more tiring, and so they shouldn’t have to. The other might say that they did it last time, so they shouldn’t have to.</li>\n<li>Combine your interests and focus on compromise. For instance, you could say, “The dishwasher needs to be unloaded regardless. I get you’re tired, so I’ll do it. But next time, I’d like you to, so we’re sharing an equal load.”</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=6\" title=\"Edit section: Make sure you\'re working on the same issues.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span id=\"Make-sure-you\'re-working-on-the-same-issues.\"></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Make-sure-you.27re-working-on-the-same-issues.\">Make sure you\'re working on the same issues.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Communication is the key to fixing tough relationships. When the two of you really want to be great for each other, sometimes the only actual barrier to that goal is the misunderstanding of needs and expectations. To start a conversation about both partners’ perceptions of your relationship, try this exercise below.<sup id=\"_ref-6\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 6\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-6\">[6]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-5.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 5.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/6/6e/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-5.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-5.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Consider six core parts of your relationship: communication, connection, investment, enjoyment, growth, trust.</li>\n<li>You and your partner should take time to reflect. Then, assign each category a score, 1-10, depending on how well your relationship does in that area.</li>\n<li>Use your scores\' similarities and differences to start a conversation about your relationship\'s strengths and weaknesses.</li>\n<li>Commit to working on one area of weakness each week and check in on how you both feel you did.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=7\" title=\"Edit section: Learn about attachment styles.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Learn-about-attachment-styles.\">Learn about attachment styles.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Mismatched attachment styles can cause emotional drain. Attachment styles can be secure, anxious, or avoidant. Combinations of two of the three styles exist as well, though they’re uncommon. A person’s attachment style comes from their experiences early in life, but they can be altered with therapy and hard work.<sup id=\"_ref-7\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 7\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-7\">[7]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-6.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 6.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/1/1b/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-6.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-6.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Secure attachment style refers to an individual’s ability to feel connected to partners, secure in those connections, and still capable of independence.</li>\n<li>Anxious attachment styles indicate a person’s insecurity and emotional hunger in relationships. They can become clingy, demanding, or possessive.</li>\n<li>Avoidant attachment styles refer to a fear of closeness with their partners. They ignore relationships\' significance, shut down emotionally, and avoid intimacy.</li>\n<li>Other combinations exist, and you can identify your style through online quizzes, research, and reflection.</li>\n<li>Attachment styles can be excellent tools to talk about patterns in your relationship. They can also help you reflect on your own needs.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=8\" title=\"Edit section: Defuse fights when you can.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Defuse-fights-when-you-can.\">Defuse fights when you can.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>If you can avoid big arguments, you both save emotional energy. Constant spats don\'t need to be the end of the world, but if you can\'t find a way to de-escalate your arguments, that could cause major emotional drain. If every little disagreement ends up being a giant, hurtful argument, both of you will end up feeling deflated. Try out these helpful tips and tricks below to defuse your fights.<sup id=\"_ref-8\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 8\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-8\">[8]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-7.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 7.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/d/db/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-7.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-7.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Use humor. When a fight pops up, try using a little silliness to keep things light.</li>\n<li>For example, if you do an impression that makes your partner laugh, respond to a question in that voice.</li>\n<li>Try touching. Go in for a hug, reach for your partner’s hand, or throw an arm around their shoulder.</li>\n<li>Take a break. If you feel things escalating, spend a minute cooling off in separate rooms. Even just a quick pause can make a huge different!</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=9\" title=\"Edit section: Admit when you\'re in the wrong.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span id=\"Admit-when-you\'re-in-the-wrong.\"></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Admit-when-you.27re-in-the-wrong.\">Admit when you\'re in the wrong.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>When you fight, owning up to your actions can defuse the situation. Sometimes, when you and your partner are in the thick of an argument, the last thing you’ll want to do is admit you were wrong. In that moment, it may feel more like admitting defeat. But in reality, to end your fight (and emotional drain) in a healthy way, letting your guard down is the key.<sup id=\"_ref-9\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 9\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-9\">[9]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-8.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 8.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/4/46/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-8.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-8.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>First, tell your partner that you understand what you did to hurt them.</li>\n<li>Next, let your partner know that you are sympathetic to how they feel.</li>\n<li>The more fights that you can end quickly and positively, the less emotional drain you and your partner will feel.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=10\" title=\"Edit section: Keep complaints on the backburner.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Keep-complaints-on-the-backburner.\">Keep complaints on the backburner.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Too much complaining can harm an otherwise healthy relationship. It’s great to know your partner can rely on you as a sounding board, but too much negativity can leave one of you feeling drained and the other, unheard. When complaints from one partner wear out the patience, energy, or attention span on the other, the listening ear can end up feeling totally emotionally burnt out.<sup id=\"_ref-10\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 10\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-10\">[10]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-9.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 9.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/5/53/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-9.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-9.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>If you tend to be the complainer, try screening some of your worries out. Ask yourself if you need support, or if you\'re complaining to complain.</li>\n<li>If you really need help, you should be able to share with your partner. If not, find a positive spin to your comment instead.</li>\n<li>If you’re the listening ear, try to be there when you sense that your partner really needs it.</li>\n<li>On the other hand, don\'t make a big deal out of every little complaint. Offer a simple, supportive remark without opening up an entire discussion.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=11\" title=\"Edit section: Reach out to loved ones.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reach-out-to-loved-ones.\">Reach out to loved ones.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Support systems help people feel supported and stay positive. When your relationship is draining your emotional reserves, leaning on the people who love you can help you feel understood and uplifted.<sup id=\"_ref-11\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 11\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-11\">[11]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-10.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 10.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/e/eb/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-10.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-10.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Reach out to a parent, sibling, cousin, or friend, and offer to buy them a cup of coffee and chat things out.</li>\n<li>Pick someone who makes you feel heard.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=12\" title=\"Edit section: Give counseling a try.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Give-counseling-a-try.\">Give counseling a try.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>A professional can help you navigate your relationship’s issues. It’s never a bad idea to get an expert’s opinion if you’re struggling in your relationship.<sup id=\"_ref-12\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 12\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-12\">[12]</a></sup> Reach out to your primary care doctor to get a referral for a great therapist in your area or try asking friends and family for a recommendation. It may be helpful to interview different therapists before you settle on one.<sup id=\"_ref-13\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 13\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-13\">[13]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-11.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 11.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/4/45/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-11.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-11.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Remember, if you’d prefer it, you can go to see a professional on your own instead.</li>\n<li>Similarly, keep in mind that your partner may end up wanting to attend therapy longer than you will. This is totally normal!</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=13\" title=\"Edit section: Spend time away.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Spend-time-away.\">Spend time away.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>By taking a break from the relationship, you and your partner can find time to reflect. When you’re with someone, working towards improving your relationship, and constantly answering to your partner’s needs, it can be really hard to get a good sense of whether or not the relationship is working.<sup id=\"_ref-14\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 14\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-14\">[14]</a></sup> By stepping away from your relationship, the two of you can decide whether or not you’re happier and healthier on your own.<sup id=\"_ref-15\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 15\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-15\">[15]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-12.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 12.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/1/1e/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-12.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-12.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>Set clear expectations and boundaries before the break begins. No one should be getting hurt over a miscommunication.</li>\n<li>Know that taking a break can be a bit of a risk. There’s always a chance that you or your partner will gain clarity during a break that leads to a breakup.</li>\n<li>However, sometimes the relationship just isn’t working. Make sure you spend your break genuinely reflecting on your needs, desires, and relationship\'s patterns.</li>\n<li>Trust that if you come back together, your relationship will have a healthier, more secure foundation to build from.</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-editsection\"><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">[</span><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship&amp;action=edit&amp;section=14\" title=\"Edit section: Ask yourself whether or not it’s worth it.\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-editsection-bracket\">]</span></span><span id=\"Ask-yourself-whether-or-not-it’s-worth-it.\"></span><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Ask-yourself-whether-or-not-it.E2.80.99s-worth-it.\">Ask yourself whether or not it’s worth it.</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Even without a break, you can ask yourself questions to gain clarity. No relationship is going to be without issues, and you should make sure your evaluation reflects that. But at the same time, you should always ensure that your relationship is, overall, a source of more positives than negatives in your life.<sup id=\"_ref-16\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 16\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-16\">[16]</a></sup> Try to kick off your reflection using some of these questions below.<sup id=\"_ref-17\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 17\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-17\">[17]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\"mwimg largeimage floatcenter \" style=\"max-width:728px\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-13.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Fix an Emotionally Draining Relationship Step 13.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/7/74/Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-13.jpg/aid12932142-v4-728px-Fix-an-Emotionally-Draining-Relationship-Step-13.jpg\" decoding=\"async\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" 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When a relationship you care about is draining you emotionally, you might feel desperate to fix it. Maybe you spend every free moment worried about your partner or about when your next fight is due to erupt. After dealing with so much stress, it makes sense that you'd be looking for answers. We've outlined tons of tips that can help you improve your relationship's negative patterns. To learn how you can fix your emotionally draining relationship, read on.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Figure out the problem.

  1. Relationships are defined by patterns, so it's important to identify them. Try to pinpoint when you started feeling drained so you can determine what caused it.[1] Set a time to speak to your partner in a place that feels safe for both of you. Express your feelings, observations, and worries clearly, without placing blame on either you or your significant other. Remember, they'll have their own ideas too, so be prepared to listen with patience and understanding.[2]
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    • Try to keep the discussion's focus on the relationship's themes, instead of getting into the back and forth of a specific fight.
    • When you and your partner identify an ongoing issue together, make sure the solution you decide on works for both of you.

[Edit]Take care of you.

  1. To bring your best self into the relationship, prioritize your needs. A draining relationship can steal your time and energy, so practice self-care to feel replenished. By making sure you feel your best, you’ll be able to bring more patience, understanding, and effort into your relationship.[3]
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    • Prioritize getting enough sleep.
    • Take time each week to enjoy the things you love to do.
    • Try to take the time to plan healthy, balanced meals.

[Edit]Talk about your needs.

  1. In a healthy relationship, both partners should get back what they give. In an emotionally draining relationship, though, you might be investing tons of effort without actually having your basic needs met.[4] Before either of you can take care of each other's needs, you need to communicate them with each other.
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    • Come up with a list of basic requirements that you need in order to be happy in the relationship.
    • This may be loyalty, a certain level of physical affection, mutual independence, and maybe a bit of reassurance.
    • Encourage your partner to come up with their own list.
    • Share your lists with each other. Together, you can brainstorm how to meet each other's needs in an emotionally sustainable way.
    • This way, the two of you are more likely to put in effort that has positive effects on the relationship.

[Edit]Make compromise a habit in your relationship.

  1. At the end of the day, a draining relationship needs fixing on both sides. If during a fight, you're both only focused on your own individual interests, it’s going to be really tough to get things resolved. When you’re fighting or falling into a negative pattern, try to center your relationship’s goals first. Encourage your partner to do the same.[5]
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    • If you’re fighting about who will unload the dishwasher, don’t think of your interests as competing.
    • One of you might insist that their day was more tiring, and so they shouldn’t have to. The other might say that they did it last time, so they shouldn’t have to.
    • Combine your interests and focus on compromise. For instance, you could say, “The dishwasher needs to be unloaded regardless. I get you’re tired, so I’ll do it. But next time, I’d like you to, so we’re sharing an equal load.”

[Edit]Make sure you're working on the same issues.

  1. Communication is the key to fixing tough relationships. When the two of you really want to be great for each other, sometimes the only actual barrier to that goal is the misunderstanding of needs and expectations. To start a conversation about both partners’ perceptions of your relationship, try this exercise below.[6]
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    • Consider six core parts of your relationship: communication, connection, investment, enjoyment, growth, trust.
    • You and your partner should take time to reflect. Then, assign each category a score, 1-10, depending on how well your relationship does in that area.
    • Use your scores' similarities and differences to start a conversation about your relationship's strengths and weaknesses.
    • Commit to working on one area of weakness each week and check in on how you both feel you did.

[Edit]Learn about attachment styles.

  1. Mismatched attachment styles can cause emotional drain. Attachment styles can be secure, anxious, or avoidant. Combinations of two of the three styles exist as well, though they’re uncommon. A person’s attachment style comes from their experiences early in life, but they can be altered with therapy and hard work.[7]
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    • Secure attachment style refers to an individual’s ability to feel connected to partners, secure in those connections, and still capable of independence.
    • Anxious attachment styles indicate a person’s insecurity and emotional hunger in relationships. They can become clingy, demanding, or possessive.
    • Avoidant attachment styles refer to a fear of closeness with their partners. They ignore relationships' significance, shut down emotionally, and avoid intimacy.
    • Other combinations exist, and you can identify your style through online quizzes, research, and reflection.
    • Attachment styles can be excellent tools to talk about patterns in your relationship. They can also help you reflect on your own needs.

[Edit]Defuse fights when you can.

  1. If you can avoid big arguments, you both save emotional energy. Constant spats don't need to be the end of the world, but if you can't find a way to de-escalate your arguments, that could cause major emotional drain. If every little disagreement ends up being a giant, hurtful argument, both of you will end up feeling deflated. Try out these helpful tips and tricks below to defuse your fights.[8]
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    • Use humor. When a fight pops up, try using a little silliness to keep things light.
    • For example, if you do an impression that makes your partner laugh, respond to a question in that voice.
    • Try touching. Go in for a hug, reach for your partner’s hand, or throw an arm around their shoulder.
    • Take a break. If you feel things escalating, spend a minute cooling off in separate rooms. Even just a quick pause can make a huge different!

[Edit]Admit when you're in the wrong.

  1. When you fight, owning up to your actions can defuse the situation. Sometimes, when you and your partner are in the thick of an argument, the last thing you’ll want to do is admit you were wrong. In that moment, it may feel more like admitting defeat. But in reality, to end your fight (and emotional drain) in a healthy way, letting your guard down is the key.[9]
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    • First, tell your partner that you understand what you did to hurt them.
    • Next, let your partner know that you are sympathetic to how they feel.
    • The more fights that you can end quickly and positively, the less emotional drain you and your partner will feel.

[Edit]Keep complaints on the backburner.

  1. Too much complaining can harm an otherwise healthy relationship. It’s great to know your partner can rely on you as a sounding board, but too much negativity can leave one of you feeling drained and the other, unheard. When complaints from one partner wear out the patience, energy, or attention span on the other, the listening ear can end up feeling totally emotionally burnt out.[10]
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    • If you tend to be the complainer, try screening some of your worries out. Ask yourself if you need support, or if you're complaining to complain.
    • If you really need help, you should be able to share with your partner. If not, find a positive spin to your comment instead.
    • If you’re the listening ear, try to be there when you sense that your partner really needs it.
    • On the other hand, don't make a big deal out of every little complaint. Offer a simple, supportive remark without opening up an entire discussion.

[Edit]Reach out to loved ones.

  1. Support systems help people feel supported and stay positive. When your relationship is draining your emotional reserves, leaning on the people who love you can help you feel understood and uplifted.[11]
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    • Reach out to a parent, sibling, cousin, or friend, and offer to buy them a cup of coffee and chat things out.
    • Pick someone who makes you feel heard.

[Edit]Give counseling a try.

  1. A professional can help you navigate your relationship’s issues. It’s never a bad idea to get an expert’s opinion if you’re struggling in your relationship.[12] Reach out to your primary care doctor to get a referral for a great therapist in your area or try asking friends and family for a recommendation. It may be helpful to interview different therapists before you settle on one.[13]
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    • Remember, if you’d prefer it, you can go to see a professional on your own instead.
    • Similarly, keep in mind that your partner may end up wanting to attend therapy longer than you will. This is totally normal!

[Edit]Spend time away.

  1. By taking a break from the relationship, you and your partner can find time to reflect. When you’re with someone, working towards improving your relationship, and constantly answering to your partner’s needs, it can be really hard to get a good sense of whether or not the relationship is working.[14] By stepping away from your relationship, the two of you can decide whether or not you’re happier and healthier on your own.[15]
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    • Set clear expectations and boundaries before the break begins. No one should be getting hurt over a miscommunication.
    • Know that taking a break can be a bit of a risk. There’s always a chance that you or your partner will gain clarity during a break that leads to a breakup.
    • However, sometimes the relationship just isn’t working. Make sure you spend your break genuinely reflecting on your needs, desires, and relationship's patterns.
    • Trust that if you come back together, your relationship will have a healthier, more secure foundation to build from.

[Edit]Ask yourself whether or not it’s worth it.

  1. Even without a break, you can ask yourself questions to gain clarity. No relationship is going to be without issues, and you should make sure your evaluation reflects that. But at the same time, you should always ensure that your relationship is, overall, a source of more positives than negatives in your life.[16] Try to kick off your reflection using some of these questions below.[17]
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    • Do you feel both of you care enough about the relationship working out?
    • Are you flexible with each other and within reasonable expectations, willing to change for each other?
    • Are you typically able to resolve disagreements in a friendly way?
    • Does the time you spend together add or detract from your happiness?

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