5 types of relationship anxiety that may be healthy for your bond!

Not all types of anxiety are a threat to your relationship! According to an expert, some relationship anxiety acts as a pillar to growth, making your bond stronger.
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Aayushi Gupta Published: 26 Feb 2024, 07:30 pm IST
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Anxiety, characterised by feelings of worry, uneasiness and fear, can have profound effects on mental and physical health, as well as relationships. It often manifests itself as intrusive thoughts, a racing heartbeat, and concentration problems. Chronic anxiety can strain relationships, leading to misunderstandings and distancing. However, according to a relationship expert, a manageable level of anxiety in a relationship can be beneficial. It can make you attentive and concerned for the other person’s needs and well-being. Read on to learn the types of relationship anxiety that may help make your relationship stronger.

Why am I so anxious in my relationship?

Anxiety in a relationship is often related to fear of loss, uncertainty, or insecurity. While love brings joy and fulfillment, it also exposes you to a vulnerability that triggers anxiety about potential conflicts and breakups. This blend of emotions is completely natural and normal. But, according to relationship expert Aashmeen Munjaal, relationship anxiety is often rooted in a lack of affection and care. So, whenever you feel so, you should talk it out with your partner to prevent your anxiety from getting worse.

What are the types of relationship anxiety that are healthy in a relationship?

Here are 5 types of relationship anxiety that, when managed effectively, can contribute to making your relationship healthy and happier:

1. Anxiety about your actions

One beneficial form of anxiety in a relationship is concern about how your actions may impact your partner’s emotions. This anxiety reflects a deep sense of empathy and consideration for your partner’s feelings and well-being. This type of fear or anxiety, helps you think before you act rudely or say something hurtful. It facilitates communication where understanding each other and respect are your priorities. This attentive behaviour can foster emotional intimacy in your relationship.

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2. Anxiety about commitment

Fear of commitment in a relationship is not uncommon. It can be related to avoiding making future plans, avoiding hesitation while introducing your partner to friends and family, and avoiding discussing feelings in a relationship. Munjaal explains, “While this behavior can cause a lot of uncertainty and insecurity, it can also push partners to communicate openly about their expectations, values, and long-term goals. This helps bring transparency to a relationship, leading to deeper understanding and a stronger commitment to each other.”

3. Anxiety of sharing fear and insecurities

Sharing anxious thoughts and being vulnerable can strengthen the bond between partners. When individuals express their fears and insecurities, it creates a space of honesty in the relationship. This type of relationship anxiety opens the door to deeper conversations, allowing partners to support each other through difficult times and grow together in life.

4. Anxiety about intimacy

People still shy away from discussing intimacy openly. This increases the risk of relationship anxiety about getting physical with your partner. Worrying about physical and emotional intimacy can force you to communicate about it with your partner. Addressing what you want to experience and what you do not (your boundaries) can pave the way for greater intimacy built on mutual respect and understanding.

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5. Anxiety about personal growth

Being in a relationship does not hamper your growth. But still, people fear it. Anxiety can serve as a powerful motivator for your personal growth and self-improvement within the context of a relationship, says Munjaal. The fear of disappointing or hurting a partner can inspire individuals to reflect on their behaviours, beliefs and communication patterns. This introspection can lead to positive changes, such as increased emotional intelligence, better conflict resolution skills, and a deeper understanding of one’s needs and boundaries.

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If you can relate to these types of behaviours, don’t worry! Just talk it out with your partner and work together to manage your relationship anxiety.

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