Managing transitions are an important way to prevent stress from negatively affecting relationships. Without good transitions, it’s too easy to let work and family stress spill over into the marriage. While husbands and wives should be willing to help each other process their stress, that’s different from taking out your stress on each other. Today, think about the transitions in your day (e.g., coming home from work, picking up the kids from school, coming and going from running errands, etc). How will you keep the stress of those activities from spilling over on your spouse? What could you do to take down your emotional temperature just enough to be pleasant, attentive, and affectionate when you see your spouse–at least until you could deal with any issues you need to discuss later, once you’ve had a chance to reconnect a bit?
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