In the Atlanta Business News section of the AJC, there was an article written by Michael E. Kanell about Georgia’s jobless rate yesterday. The number of unemployed Georgian’s continues to rise. Right now Georgia has 10.3% unemployment with two-thirds of that concentrated in the metro Atlanta area. When reading those numbers in an article or seeing that information on the news you don’t always get what that may represent to the people within those statistics until it happens to you. Like the old saying goes, “When it happens to your neighbor it’s a recession, when it happens to you it’s a depression”. When tough times hit at the financial level, sometimes that can bleed over into the emotional and personal level as well.
The best way to work through a tough time is through teamwork and partnership. It is easy to want to point the finger and find someone to blame for the stress that may be happening in your life. Try to maintain a sense of support through a shared connection. Whatever is coming your way, you will face it together. Adding more stress by arguing or blaming during difficult times never makes the situation better. You only end up feeling worse and more stress in the end. Give as much as you receive too. If your partner needs reassuring or just a good “you can do it”, then provide that, and look for the same in return. Many strong relationships were not built off good times. Strong relationships are built off of layers of residual bonding left behind by successfully working through tough situations together. In good times and bad, knowing someone has your back is the most comforting love you can provide. Having someone love you and support you can often lead to that extra confidence you need to move forward.
Through it all try to take some time to focus on the good part of your relationship. Only pondering on what is going wrong adds to the stress. Find ways to enjoy yourself together through the turbulence. Not everything has to cost money. Get back to the simple joys in life such as a walk together; watch a movie, or just a talk. A game of Twister can be free and fun!
This article isn’t about cost cutting tips though. This is just a simple reminder that when things get tough, and eventually they always do, when you work together they always get better.
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