Manage Stress & Strengthen Relationships
This year has been riddled with changes (social, economic, technological and personal) that have been challenging to say the least. . Learning to go with the flow, and adjust when life happens, will help you be less fearful when change comes knocking on your door.
If your relationship is already tumultuous, working through change can be tough. Building a is the way to go. If this hasn’t happened, now is a perfect time to start. , , , and remember love is powerful; it has the capacity to endure and strengthen relationships. And most important to building trust, is to . Be honest, even if the truth is not what your partner wants to hear.
, a move, a new baby, a death in the family, a new job; lather on extra thick. Go for a walk, have quiet time, reassure one another, and give each other space. Furthermore, respect each other’s processing of change, don’t demand your partner respond to change the way you do. Each of you may want to talk about how or why you react the way you do, talk about the hurts, fears and insecurities that shape your reactions. This alone can help relieve a lot of the stress and help strengthen relationships.
, and that doesn’t mean just having sex. For instance, holding hands, snuggling, and touching each other are physical symbols that you are here, and you are ready to grow as a couple. Often change can produce resentment which can bleed into the bedroom. Allow yourself the pleasure of sharing one another’s bodies, let your guard down and re-connect. If you are both spiritual or religious, try praying and meditating together, do some yoga together. Share any inspirational gems that speak to you with your partner. Send kind texts, remind your partner that you love them. Life as a couple is sweeter when you know your partner has your back, that you are not alone and that your loved one is rooting for you in and outside of the relationship.
. It can be as simple as having coffee together in the morning. Find a thread of familiarity you both enjoy. Talk about funny memories, leap off the overly stressed, serious bandwagon and find time to get back to the essence of your relationship. Lastly, learning to deal with it together will make life richer while deepening your relationship and better prepared for the inevitable changes to come.