Marriage difficulties often arise during periods of stress when the couple really learn more about the differences they have.? Events like Christmas are potentially fraught with expectations of each person, largely influenced by social and cultural pressure.? Such outside influences impact on a couple who, if they don’t take time to explore their beliefs, values and underlying assumptions of what is really important to them, will find themselves in disappointment and conflict.
The increase in demand for marriage and individual counselling during the festive season is evidence enough of the stress that can be created at this time.? Identify your expectations to see how realistic they are and put time aside to communicate more clearly with your partner during times of stress.