4 Secrets to keep your marriage happy during the Stressful Holiday Season

Keep your marriage happy during the Stressful Holiday Season

The holidays are rapidly approaching. And with the holidays, comes stress – and plenty of it.

Make sure your marriage is not a casualty of all of the madness and stress that surrounds the season!

4 Easy Tips for Keeping your Marriage happy during the holiday season

  1. Your family, like everyone else’s family, is perfectly imperfect. Imperfection is the norm.

    During family gatherings throughout the holiday season, clue your partner into the unique nature of your family’s imperfections and idiosyncrasies so they won’t be caught off guard.

    Anticipating inappropriate remarks aimed at you and/or your partner by family members will certainly soften their blow.

  2. Avoid conversational landmines like the plague. If your family holds strong religious and/or political views, especially if they are different from your partner’s – do not go there “Dare not tread where angels fear to go.” Full stop!

  3. In the event things really start to heat up, for any reason, be prepared for a quick get away!

    Rehearse rescue “get away” signals and/or looks prior to family functions. You know – have a designated look or a certain word-phrase practiced ahead of time that silently signals to your partner that you need rescuing from a conversation or situation with a family member – or that you need to leave.

    For example, if you or your partner repeats the phrase; “Wow, that’s amazing” two times in a row – swoop in for the rescue!

  4. On a more serious note, if someone in your family has a drinking problem, let your partner know so they can avoid that person if they become too drunk or obnoxious for comfort.

Trying to let your partner know what to expect during your family’s holiday celebrations will help keep your relationship happy and sane in the midst of holiday insanity.

Rekindle Romance and Happiness in Your Relationship,

Dr. Patty Ann


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