How to Help Your Partner Cope with Work Stress

by Rebecca Knight

Quick Takes

  • Give your partner your undivided attention
  • Be compassionate—not competitive
  • Ask probing questions
  • Consider the difference between sporadic and chronic stress
  • Encourage your spouse to develop their support network
  • Make your home a haven

Home is a sanctuary from work stress, right? Not always, especially if you or your spouse works from home (or work together outside of the home!). Even if you’re able to shut down your laptop and your work worries at the end of your day, your spouse may have difficulty doing so—and that stress can rub off on you. How can you help your partner cope? What’s the best thing to say when your partner starts complaining—and what should ...

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