Sad About The Election Results?
Here's Some Advice For Helping Your Spouse Bounce Back
In our book, we designated November as Togetherness Month, and what could be better than spending time to cheer up your Partner at a time like this? Here's some ideas for you:
- Respect their sadness and give her or him the time and space to adjust to the new reality. Some need more time than others so you may need to back off for a bit.
- Take over a few extra things like making dinner this week. Every little bit helps.
- Schedule something relaxing like a massage or haircut for your Spouse - simply making the appointment on their behalf is a help when one is depressed or sad.
- Wine. Enough said.
- Chocolate. Or Ice Cream. Either may work - comfort food is not a bad thing as long as its not daily for weeks on end.
- Hand over the remote control. Watching the news may be comforting or horrible right now - let your depressed spouse choose what he or she can handle this week.
- Find something that makes them happy - maybe its the dog, the cat or the kids - and focus on that for an hour. Take your spouse and dog to the dog park if they enjoy seeing their dog happy; or take the kids and your spouse someplace fun together.
In the end, whatever you do, as long as it comes from a place of care and concern rather than judgment and/or a desire to speed up the recovery time (not good), you are on the right track. Good Luck and God Bless America!