This month’s Ask Coach Kathy talks about navigating through your partner’s stress.
My husband is having so much anxiety. He has a very stressful job and has a boss who cares only about the company’s revenue at the end of the month. My husband has trouble sleeping and has become so irritable I feel like I’m walking on eggshells. Now I’m feeling anxious! How can I help him?
It sounds like your husband could benefit from professional help in formulating strategies to manage his stress. About all you can do is to gently offer up this idea as an option. For example, saying “I’m wondering if you’d be open to the idea of reaching out to a professional for help with stress” is a loving way to approach him. Another way to approach the situation is to say, “I’m wondering if you’d be open to us brainstorming ideas on your options for managing your stressful situation.”
In the final analysis, you don’t have much control over the situation. What you do have control over is making sure you can be empathetic to your husband’s feelings, and at the same time, be careful you do it in a way that keeps you from absorbing his stress. It’s not always easy, but it can be done!
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