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  • Writer's pictureSiegfried Howell

Career Goals and Cuddle TimeProtecting Bonds While Crushing Goals

In our fast-paced society, it's easy for couples to become consumed by careers at the expense of their connection. Long work hours, job stress, and lack of work-life balance strain relationships. However, partners who communicate openly, support each other's vocations, set healthy boundaries, and prioritize quality time can thrive professionally and personally.

Being Present Despite Hectic Schedules

When work obligations pile up, putting your relationship on the back burner is tempting. But letting your schedule crowd out quality time and engagement with your partner breeds resentment. Protect your connection amid chaos. Make your partner a priority, not an afterthought. Unplug from work to be fully present during time together. Schedule date nights and check-ins. Don't fall into the trap of discussing just logistics. Keep investing in your friendship.

Supporting Each Other's Professional Growth

Partners often get caught up in their own career goals, neglecting to champion each other. But sharing career ups and downs bolsters success. Discuss work projects and dreams. Ask engaging questions. Uplift each other when job frustration hits. Research suggestions that align with their ambitions. Having your partner's tangible support reduces stress and motivates you to excel.

Setting Mutually Agreed Boundaries

To prevent work from bleeding into personal time:

  1. Set agreed-upon boundaries like keeping phones off after a certain time or having protected weekends.

  2. Respect when your partner needs to disengage from the office.

  3. Don't expect them always to pick up the slack at home when you have a deadline.

  4. Be willing to pay for extra help.

Balancing energy across roles prevents burnout. Decide what works for both of you.

Realigning When Work Threatens Intimacy

If mounting job stress, long hours, or travel stretches your bond too thin even after taking preventative steps, it's time for realignment. Have honest talks about what each of you needs to thrive as both professionals and partners. Be willing to negotiate compromises or changes that protect your relationship without undermining career purposes. Your love should fuel your vocations, not compete.

Dr. Siegfried Howell

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