Is Your Job Impacting Your Marriage? Here's What You Need to Do

April 27, 2020

It's funny how work life impacts your other relationships. Today's guest post shares tips for getting out of a job related relationship funk. 
Are you workaholic and take on all the overtime you can get? Or perhaps you're coming home every night miserable and complaining about your boss or colleagues. Whatever the reason, jobs can put our relationships on the line and, in radical cases, can leave a marriage in jeopardy.
It's easy to fall into the trap of a negative mindset because of work; after all, our jobs consume a great deal of our time. However, this anguish can start to seep into your personal life and cause you to constantly pour out your feelings to your spouse, who is unable to fix the situation.
If you fear that your job is starting to impact your marriage, here's what you need to do.
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Prioritize your relationship
First and foremost, you need to prove to your spouse that you're in this marriage for the long-haul. You may have recognized that you have been neglecting them but haven't put any strategies in place to prove you appreciate them. Even if you come home tired after a hard day's work, taking a few minutes when you get home to have a conversation shows you care. Work can be one of the biggest stresses in life, but there's no excuse for putting your spouse at the bottom of the pile. These short conversations will keep positive communication flowing and prevent problems escalating.
Save energy for socializing
If your mind is constantly distant and thinking of other things, your spouse has undoubtedly spotted it. With the hectic demands and stresses of work, you may find that you're left with very little energy to enjoy time with your spouse at the weekend. This is sure to cause issues, as special times should be shared by both of you. Maintaining a work-life balance is crucial, and if you're unable to accomplish this in your current job, it may be time you seek other opportunities.

Change career paths
It may not be the workplace that's causing you misery, but the job role itself. If this is the case, perhaps you could consider switching careers. This isn't always easy when you don't have the necessary qualifications and experience to work in a different industry, so you'll likely need to endure additional training or studying to expand your horizons. You can conduct a college search online to find institutions that are in your local area. By making this break and focusing on a career path that you're interested in, you should feel much happier in yourself and have time to focus on what matters most in life.
Make sacrifices
If you're unable to cut down your hours at work, it may mean that you have to make sacrifices to maintain a healthy marriage. You could get up a little earlier in the mornings or give up one of your hobbies to spend one weeknight with your spouse. While you shouldn't be forfeiting everything you enjoy, it's important to be reasonable so that your spouse feels appreciated.