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Reducing the Stress on Your Marriage

By Markus Steffen, Sue Klavans Simring, Gene Busnar

Part of Making Marriage Work For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Negative stress effects your emotion and physical well-being, as well as your marriage. Take time to identify the source of your stress and then utilize these tips to reduce stress on yourself and your marriage:

  • Talk to a friend.

  • Slow down.

  • Find time in your day to do something that makes you feel good.

  • Keep your sense of humor — even in difficult situations.

  • Don’t dwell on your mistakes.

  • Forgive yourself and your partner.

  • Don’t expect perfection — from your partner or yourself.

  • Find ways to take care of your partner — and yourself.

  • Change the scenery.

  • Eliminate unnecessary pressure and people.