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Swamped? Stressed? How to Keep Your Relationships Healthy

Swamped? Stressed? How to Keep Your Relationships Healthy

Jay Cataldo | Excelle

August 04, 2009

No matter what industry you happen to work in, there’s always that time of year where things become absolutely chaotic. For instance, if you work in fashion, I’m sure you’re all too familiar with how the pressures of “fashion week” can make your life a living hell for seven days straight (not to mention the many months leading up to it).

Whether a big show is coming up or the big clients are coming into town, these kinds of grueling workweeks can have quite an impact on your romantic relationships. Long hours, an endless to-do list and a throng of fuming co-workers can leave you anxious and exhausted by the day’s end. Add a peeved partner to the mix, and you’ll be ready to dive headfirst off a twelve-story building.

So to help you avoid any additional stress during these difficult times, I’ve put together a list of four quick strategies which are designed to not only help keep your relationship drama-free, but to bring you and your partner closer together, as well.

1. Give them the spiel

A few weeks before it hits, start discussing the big event in a way that frames it as an something that needs to be tackled together as a team. This is especially important if your partner does not work in your industry or if you’re in a new relationship (less than a year).

In other words, talk about the shortage of time you’ll have, how drained you’ll feel and how much you dread this time of year. Don’t forget to explain in advance how incredibly exhausted, moody and irritable you may be so they don’t take it personally when something seemingly insignificant sends you off the deep end.

Finish up by letting them know this one will be a doozy and that you’re counting on them for support. By making the carnage sound much worse than it will be, your partner will be pleasantly surprised when things don’t turn out as badly as they expected.

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    JayCataldo

    about 5 years ago

    30 comments

    sss420 - Absolutely. It should go both ways.

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    lhcd_08

    about 5 years ago

    24 comments

    #2 -- so true

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    sss420

    about 5 years ago

    60 comments

    great ideas. Ill be needing these. And I think its important to be supportive in turn when he has a big project coming up. he will remember it and appreciate your efforts in turn.

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    JayCataldo

    about 5 years ago

    30 comments

    Thanks so much for the comments. I really appreciate them. :)

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Great tips! I think that some of these should really be incorporated most of the time anyways! My fiance is great - he can usually tell when I am having a really bad day, so he will make the rest of my day or the next day or weekend I have free, "Jodie Day" (my name) and we celebrate like it is a holiday or something and he makes it special - it always cheers me up and everything else just slips away! Your significant other can be your greatest ally if you let them!

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    JazzJ

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    thank you, jay :)

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    babs76

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Excellent advice! Heed it and you too will have a much healthier relationship. I do, and simple things like communication and showing your appreciation for your partner works wonders :)

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