How to Focus on Your Spouse During the Holidays
The holiday season is finally upon us, and while there is always plenty to celebrate this time of year, it can also be stressful for many. Add to that, running a business with your significant other and stress may appear to carry into our daily lives, making it difficult to keep business and home ‘separated.’ Depending on what your business is, those stress levels probably differ. From retail and services to marketing and advertising, and everything in between – the holidays can be a rough time to focus on yourselves as individuals and a couple.
Fortunately, we have a few tips on how you can reconnect with your spouse this holiday season, remain cheerful and keep your festive spirit alive!
Unplug and ‘Recharge’
Turn away from technology as much as you possibly can during the holidays. This is a good tip to keep in mind year ‘round, but if you find that you’re exceedingly busy this time of year, choose a specific time to focus on each other, instead of your phones, computers, etc. Even if it’s one night a week, you can use that time to solely focus on your relationship. Technology is great for business, but it can become a huge distraction in our everyday relationships, and how we interact with each other.
When you’re able to give your partner your undivided attention, they’ll feel more cared for and appreciated, and you’re bound to get the same in return.
Use Conflict Productively
When you run a business, you know there’s bound to be conflict. Sometimes, that conflict can rise at the holidays. Instead of focusing on arguments and disagreements, use them to build on your existing relationship. Differences in opinions typically mean you’re both being completely honest with each other, which is amazing, garners a healthy relationship and is, in the end, more beneficial than hiding your feelings away. Use it as a ‘refresher’ in honesty, and try to focus on differences in opinion as a strong relationship.
Choose to Spend Time Together
When couples work together, it’s easy for them to feel as though they spend every waking moment together. That might be true, but there’s a completely different environment to consider when it comes to work and play. Spending time together at work simply isn’t the same as spending quality time together outside of your business – so, don’t use it as an excuse. The holidays, more than ever, are a time to be with the ones you love. Make the effort to spend time with your partner outside of work, to keep that special feel of your relationship intact. When you choose to spend time with someone, they’ll feel more appreciated and loved than you could ever imagine.
Of course, these are only a few tips to get through the holiday season with your significant other. It may seem a little cliché to talk about the ‘magic’ of the season, but with a few simple changes in perspective, and a few solid choices, you could really bring out the ‘magic’ in your relationship!