Failing to give marriage top priority over job-related stress is a major cause of divorce. Money problems, longer work hours, and unemployment or other work setbacks can lead to spouses making less time for one another and feelings of resentment or dissatisfaction. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune suggests some ways to avoid common work-related problems that can breakdown a marriage:
- Communicate dissatisfaction in a way that's not judgmental.
- Remember that everyone is vulnerable to job or financial loss. Going into marriage with lifelong expectations of lifestyle or job security is unrealistic.
- Divide the workload at home. Working as a team strengthens marriage.
- Both partners have to be committed to encouraging sex and accepting sexual advances.
- Try to compartmentalize. Once you leave work, leave the work stress behind.