How to Help an Overworked Partner De-Stress

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How to Help an Overworked Partner De-Stress
Be understanding when your partner has too much work to do. (Todd Warnock/Lifesize/Getty Images)

When your partner is overworked and stressed, it can cause anxiety in your home. When your partner is consumed with worries, she may lack the mental and emotional energy necessary to help you sort out any of your own troubles. Light some candles, play soft music and ease her into a relaxing bath. Most importantly, make sure the house is clean and the kids are settled. Your partner can't possibly relax if her home is an additional source of stress and chaos.

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    Give your partner time to himself when he gets home from work. Unless there's an emergency, don't initiate a conversation for at least a half hour. If you have small children, let them hug and kiss him hello, but then tell them, "Daddy had a hard day. Let's give him some quiet time."

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    Take care of household responsibilities so your partner has less to worry about when she comes home. Have dinner ready and the kitchen clean. Give the kids a bath and help them clean their rooms. Make sure coming home doesn't make your stressed spouse feel as if she has even more work to do.

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    Listen to your partner if he wants to talk about his worries, but don't push the issue if he doesn't. Give him your opinion if he asks for your advice; otherwise just be a supportive source of unconditional love and understanding.

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    Pamper your partner. Offer massages and back rubs, her favourite food and drink, and have her most beloved songs, television shows and movies waiting at a click of a button. Arrange professional pampering services if you can. Send her to a spa to soothe her stress away, set up a salon appointment to get her hair done, or arrange for her to have a manicure and pedicure.

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    Pamper yourself. Don't add to your partner's stress by making him feel his stress is negatively affecting you. If you're picking up the slack at home because your partner's stressed at work, that means you have a lot on your plate as well. Find time to get a massage or a pedicure, cook nice meals for yourself or order in your favourite foods, or get a babysitter and go to the movies with your friends. Make yourself as contented as possible so your partner knows his struggles aren't negatively impacting his home.

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