When you or your spouse are caring for an aging parent, the added stress can put a real strain on your relationship. Trying to juggle caregiving duties along with a job and household can cause negative feelings like frustration and resentment. Every couple needs a refresher from time to time on why they first fell in love- especially when taking care of other family members. Here are some reliable ways to do that and to safeguard your marriage while caregiving.
Sources of Caregiver Marital Strain
Nobody ever said that marriage was going to be easy. Caring for an aging parent or in-law that you may not even see eye-to-eye with can be stressful and frustrating. Trying to manage both relationships simultaneously will bring any festering marital stress out in the open.
If you’re not careful, caregiving can negatively affect the relationship you have with your spouse in these ways:
- Creating tension and conflict in the marriage and with other family members involved in your loved one’s care
- Exacerbating mental and physical fatigue
- Creating a financial burden on the household
- Cutting into time spent together as a couple, and time spent on other family matters like childcare and housework
- Leading to other things for you disagree about
Persistent marital stress can permanently damage your relationship and jeopardize your health and wellbeing. Once that happens your care