‘Tis the season - to be stressed out.
Between family commitments, end-of-year work deadlines, and getting things done for the holidays - it’s prime time to be super overwhelmed.
We talked last week about the importance of self-care and that self-care, in fact, equals partner care. What about when one of your is feeling pretty good and the other is stressed out?
It can be really hard to see your spouse struggling. It can be even harder when they won’t accept your help or advice. So, what do you do?
You don’t offer help or advice.
It’s not your job!
In those moments, your partner needs you to be an emotional support and excellent listener. They need to know that you’re in their corner and are able to handle their stressed out state. On this week’s episode, we’re talking about:
- What it’s like when your partner is stressed out
- How your relationship feels when one of you is stressed
- What makes it hard to be supportive
- How to get your partner to let you in
- When to be an empath and when to be a cheerleader
- Creating a culture of emotional reciprocity in your relationship
Be sure to download this week’s bonus - 3 Steps to Supporting a Stressed Out Spouse - for a step-by-step breakdown of what this looks like.
SGR 001 - Communication that (Actually) Works
SGR 013 - When Marriage Doesn’t Feel Like A Fairy-Tale
SGR 017 - Talking About The Scary Stuff: Being Vulnerable
SGR 019 - Fight-Proof Your Next Big Event
SGR 023 - Logic vs. Feelings - And the Winner Is...
SGR 024 - Why Self Care = Partner Care
Short on time? Here’s a list of today’s topics and when to listen:
What it’s like for you when your partner is stressed out - 2:18
How your relationship is affected when one of you is super stressed - 5:20
What makes it hard to be supportive in those moments - 8:04
How to get your partner to let you in - 12:26
When to be an empath and when to be a cheerleader - 19:22
How to create a culture of emotional reciprocity in your relationship - 22:43
Meredith and Marina’s takeaways - 26:52