Family and relationship problems

Family and relationship problems

Family and relationship problems teaser

13 Jul 2017

Family and relationship problems can occur between partners, spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends and other important people in your life. There are many different kinds of families and conflict is a part of life.

All relationships and families go through difficult times and experiencing occasional problems and conflict in personal relationships is normal. However, sometimes these problems can become overwhelming. Listening to each other and working to resolve conflicts are important to strengthen a family.

Signs of family and relationship problems

  • Frequent arguing
  • Disagreements
  • Breakdown in communication
  • Angry outbursts
  • Avoidance
  • Physical conflict
  • Triggers for family and relationship problems
  • Difference in opinions, personalities, beliefs, values or goals
  • Change in family circumstances e.g. new baby, divorce/separation, blending families
  • Financial problems
  • Stress
  • Issues relating to sexuality
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Gambling problems
  • The onset of mental health problems
  • Bullying/harassment
  • Natural disasters
  • Lack of trust/respect in a relationship

The impact of family and relationship problems

Often family are the most important people to you so relationship problems can be considerably distressing and can lead to:
  • Negative emotions – anger, sadness, anxiety
  • Stress
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Feeling isolated, alone or withdrawn
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty eating or sleeping
  • Problems with friends, colleagues or your children
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope or escape

Things you can do if you are having family/relationship problems

1.Talk - communication is the key and often the first step to finding solutions. Be calm and honest about your concerns when discussing your problems with a loved one.

2.Accept your differences - it can help avoid unnecessary conflict if you can recognise that people have different ideas, opinions and beliefs and you may not always be in agreement.

3.Have fun together - even when things are tough, it's important to find the time to have fun with your loved ones.

4.Make a plan - it can help reduce stress and give common goals to work towards. For example if you are having financial problems it can help to create a budget.

5.Get help - you may not always be able to solve your problems yourself so you may need some external help.

Where to go for help

  • Talk to friends/family
  • Get relationship counselling or mediation
  • Check out online information and resources through Relationships Australia
  • Attend courses/workshops in communication, parenting, budgeting and positive communication skills
  • See your GP if you are concerned about mental health problems in yourself or others
  • Call a helpline like Lifeline or Kids Helpline

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