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What can I do when my partner and I are both dealing with stress?

When both you and your partner are dealing with stress, it's important to learn to recognize the signs of stress in each other. Here are some tips for handling stresses together:
  • Don't take everything that either of you say or do too seriously.
  • Use good-natured humor to relieve the tension.
  • Avoid criticism or negativity.
  • Be flexible.
  • Gentle touching, a mutual foot rub, back rubs or baths are all likely to help.
  • Do stretches that involve two people.
  • Take turns with chores.
  • Plan a strategy for the week, with both of you sharing the load.
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish and set priorities.
  • Give each other opportunities to talk and for quiet time.
  • Get enough sleep.

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