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Easing transitions

July 22, 2013

Here’s a great idea…

In their book, How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It, Patricia Love and Steven Stosny say,

“We are prone to negative emotions during transitional times—moving from one state [or activity] to another. That’s why we’re likely to get irritable leaving the house, driving somewhere, coming back home, and so on” (p. 123).

In other words…

If you have a toddler, you are well aware of the danger of meltdowns at times of transition, such as going from playtime to bedtime, getting ready to go out, leaving the playground, etc. Adults also experience heightened sensitivity to the stress they feel in times of transition. We feel irritable when we have to turn off the TV in order to tuck the kids in bed; we are stressed by getting the family ready in the morning; we feel dread as we are coming home from work and re-enter the evening demands.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Consider the transitions will cause you stress today. Plan how to ease the stress you feel during these times. Also, be patient with others when they show difficulty making transitions. Help make transitions easier by being patient and supportive.

To find out more…

about couple relationships, check out The Marriage Garden or the Getting Our Hearts Right program at arfamilies.org, like us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also like to read How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.

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