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How to Resolve Money Problems in Marriage

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Stress can affect our health and wellness in so many ways, especially on the most important and intimate relationships in our lives. When we are faced with work and life problems, its important to know that home is our stress free haven. During challenging times, a happy strong relationship can make all the difference when dealing with daily life issues. We all need to learn how to deal with such pressures that can have a negative impact on our daily life and our relationships.

Nowadays couples are facing many challenges especially with the economic problems happening in the country. It might have been challenging already for couples to manage their financials and keep their relationship strong, but now couple will have to work a bit more to prevent the ship from sinking and stay as connected to each other as possible in the face of the many obstacles that might come across them.

If couples know what they are facing and know how to handle their life problems correctly; it can actually bring them closer. Life stress is normal, but its important to know how to actually deal with it and use it to help build a stronger unified relationship. We’ve reached out to  our expert Dana Sarhan, Consultant/Clinical Couples and Sex Psychotherapist, and got to know from her how couples can face these obstacles while coming out stronger than before.

1- How can couples prepare themselves to life changes? (Like accommodating themselves to spend less, limit their travels,…etc) 

Many factors come into play in order to manage changes throughout life in a more resilient way. As a couple, keeping an open and effective communication flowing can be considered a priority. By building a strong base, they are more likely to ground themselves for life’s inevitable circumstances. This includes emotional support, individual and relational unique strengths such as resources and traits, problem-solving skills, financial management, or any other factor that may help deal with the situation better.

Individually though, it is important to add that a few other factors do make a difference as well in couple resiliency. These include an individual’s personal ability to adapt to change, emotional and mental flexibility, and conflict resolution skills.

2– How can they find safety in each-other?

Healthy relationships help individuals feel supported. When they feel they can emotionally, physically, and mentally depend on each other and trust this relationship, it becomes easier to turn towards each other during hard times. Comfort and the ability to lean on each other come with time and trust. If you feel you can’t trust your partner then that’s a sign of distress. You should look more into that.

3– How can couples respect each other’s feelings when it comes to dealing with stressful money issues or problems?

Financial management can be a sensitive topic. Don’t dodge the conversation or impose a plan without the other’s consent, no matter how tempting it may be. Pre-planning, keeping an open mind, and making sure you’re both comfortable and happy with the way you want to handle money would create a safe space for both of you to feel satisfied and acknowledged.

4– How can couples separate their daily life problems from their relationship? 

Outside stress can take a toll on the relationship. Keep in mind that sometimes, you need a break and a breather. For instance, both partners need to put an effort in disconnecting and detaching after coming home from work. How they do that differs from one person to another. Some watch the Television, others go to the gym, run, walk, do yoga, or go shopping, and the list goes on.

5– What can they do to re-affirm their relationship and show how they value each other?

This depends on the individuals and their preferences on how they would want to feel valued. There’s no general rule here, and each person feels acknowledged and valued differently. Talking about this would make it easier to understand just how to please one another instead of guessing it.

This depends on the individuals and their preferences on how they would want to feel valued. There’s no general rule here, and each person feels acknowledged and valued differently. Talking about this would make it easier to understand just how to please one another instead of guessing it.

Nada is a writer, a journalist and an academic. She earned her Masters degree in Digital Journalism from the American University in Cairo and currently finishing her second MA degree in Mass Communication. Nada developed her interest in fitness and nutrition through her own personal journey of changing her own lifestyle and since then she became a wellness enthusiast. She loves fashion, travel, yoga and anything that will help her explore her own true identity and develop it more.

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