5 Ways to Minimize Stress in Your Marriage

Okay future newlyweds; let's get you off to a good start. Everything may be sunshine and moon beams now, but eventually life catches up with you and so does stress. There are a lot of stressors in life, but your marriage doesn't have to be one of them. Here are a few ways for you to work together to keep your relationship tight and stress-free.

1. Try to always put your spouse first. This is a lot harder than it sounds. No matter how giving you are, humans have a natural tendency to be self centered. Try putting your husband/wife first. Make sure that they are receiving what they need, especially emotionally. Since this goes for both sides, they will do the same for you.

2. Schedule couple-time into your regular schedule. Don't make couple-time simply be whatever time is left over. Your marriage trumps other people and priorities. If the only time you see your spouse is after a long, aggravating week then you're not going to be the best of company. Make sure to schedule plenty of quality time into your weekly planner to keep your relationship sailing smoothly.

3. Make sure to communicate well and that you understand one another. A major stressor on a relationship is a lack of communication, and as is a lot of misunderstanding. Just because you told your husband/wife how you are feeling and what you want doesn't mean that they fully grasped the concept. Discuss it deeper; check that you're on the same page. You will both feel more fulfilled and appreciated when you know that there's understanding.

4. Be affectionate with your spouse whenever you are together. Hold hands with one another; kiss and hug. Physical contact is known to relieve stress, as well as reaffirming your feelings. A simple back rub can remind your spouse know that you are thinking of them.

5. Always live within your means. Debt is the biggest stressor and, consequently, threat to marriages in America. Don't buy more than you can afford. When you don't have to stress about debt, your marriage has room to thrive.

 source: liweddings