Did you know that many workplaces are recording higher levels of stress than during the pandemic?
Indeed, the pandemic has contributed to significant business redevelopment, encouraging companies to embrace flexible work options and diversify their services. As a result, we’ve seen a record number of mergers & acquisitions where companies that identified common objectives combined forces to survive and thrive.
Yet, M&As tend to bring instability and confusion to employees who need to adapt to new changes in routine. After the sudden transformations brought by the pandemic, many workers can suffer from change stress and may need a break to recharge their batteries. Stress, as it happens, can affect several aspects of your life, including your relationships. So, if you or your partner are experiencing a lot of stress at work, it is likely to take a toll on your relationship. Planning relaxing and soothing activities together can help rediscover the sense of togetherness that might have been damaged through stress.
Book holiday together
When stress settles into your routine, it becomes impossible to relax at the end of the week. As a result, stress accumulates and can rapidly drive you apart. So, it’s important to make time for your couple. Changing your routine can take time and effort. However, you can consider replacing your routine momentarily by changing your decor and schedule. Booking a relaxing vacation together in a beautiful destination, such as the
luxury Koh Samui resorts in Thailand could be a fantastic idea to forget about work and focus on each other.
Holidaying abroad is also a great way of exploring new habits and ideas together, without worrying about the established routine. More often than not, spending time together in a new setting can give your couple the opportunity to let go of the accumulated stress.
Consider soothing creative hobbies
Creative hobbies can be hugely effective in releasing stress. Indeed, creativity that engages in artistic activities can significantly help you heal emotionally and physically. Indeed, clinical studies show that creative hobbies can restore emotional balance and help patients manage some ailments. Therefore, it makes sense to use creativity as a stress-busting hobby.
But sharing a creative hobby with your partner can elevate the benefits of stress relief for your couple. Indeed, as much as creativity can bring emotional healing, it can also encourage people to get together through the process. We’ve seen countless artists working together on music and building a strong connection through creativity. You may not be ready to launch your own music recording label right now. But you can make time for coloring together or sharing a mandala flower project, for instance. Creative projects can act as a cleanser that removes stress and helps you reconnect with your partner.
Create a new habit together
Habits are hard to change, and there’s a good reason for that: Habits are convenient and comfortable. Changing habits means going against something that you’ve developed out of practicality and comfort. So, introducing a new habit into your routine may expose you to increased stress.
However, with time and patience, a new couple habit can be a game-changer for your relationship and your chosen stress-relief mechanisms. For example, stressed-out individuals are more likely to crave junk food after a long day at work. Yet, ordering a pizza to be delivered is unlikely to help with stress or even with togetherness. Instead, you could start a cooking routine together. Preparing mindful recipes can not only fuel your body with healthy nutrients but also become a part of your relaxing habits. Cooking can be soothing. Couples who cook together are more likely to reduce stress levels and create a new sense of togetherness.
Another fantastic habit that you can introduce is working out together. Physical activities can be part of a stress-beating lifestyle. Booking time for sports together, whether you go to the same gym or play a ball game in the park, can serve multiple purposes. First of all, physical activities contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, when it comes to stress relief, working out naturally reduces cortisol levels in the body, which are the stress hormones. Working out also increases the production of happy hormones, which can make a person more resilient to stress. Finally, being active together strengthens your bond. You can cheer and motivate each other, which is one of the first aspects of the relationship that is affected by stress. Therefore, sports can recover mutual support in the couple.
Stress doesn’t have to drive people apart. It is worth mentioning that unmanaged stress can damage relationships. Yet, you can make time to work together on reducing stress levels and reconnecting with each other.