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Recession Proof Your Relationship

When the economy goes sour, so do many relationships. In the best of times financial stress can take its toll on a relationship. However, during a recession people often panic about an uncertain future and as we struggle to save our dollars, we don't communicate well with our loved ones.

Tips on how to recession proof your relationship

Have some ole' fashioned safe sex

Sex is much cheaper than the movies. Sex also helps relieve stress. Sex will leave you feeling recharged, rejuvenated and strengthen the bond between you and your loved one.

Continue to invest in your relationship

Do not cut back on the amount of quality time you spend together. Hire that baby sitter, get out there and have some fun. If you can't afford to hire a babysitter, consider bartering services with someone you know. Maybe you can exchange babysitting nights with a neighbor.

Limit your television time

American news programs can provide us with a continuous supply of bad news. Take time off from the television and spend more time reading, cooking, or pursuing a new hobby.

Enjoy each other

Hold hands, take walks around your neighborhood, kiss, cook meals for each other, give your partner a really long hug. Couples who touch more often feel more connected and positive about their relationship. All it takes is a 20-second hug to get oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone,” flowing in women, but men need to be hugged three times as much as women to get to similar levels.

Don’t let your ‘interest rate’ in your partner go from positive to negative

Therapist John Gottman has spent a lifetime working with married couples, researching what makes some marriages succeed and others fail. “It’s the balance between positive and negative emotional interactions in a marriage that determines its well-being — whether the good moments of mutual pleasure, passion, humor, support, kindness and generosity outweigh the bad moments of complaining, criticism, anger, disgust, contempt, defensiveness and coldness.” Those couples that succeed in their marriages enjoy an overriding proportion of positive over negative sentiment.

Watch out for a serious dip in your ‘passion portfolio’

Millions of Americans already have a difficult time finding time for sex before this financial crisis, and millions more are now prone because of it. Stress and anxiety are major inhibitors of libido. And unfortunately, when you feel sexually disconnected from your partner, it leaves you more vulnerable to cheating, porn abuse, or just a general sense of detachment.

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