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Priorities differ from one person to another, but a relationship may get intensely edgy with a workaholic partner who appears to give more priority to his job than anything or anyone else.
As much as hard work is celebrated, dating a workaholic comes with its set of unique challenges and demands extra efforts to maintain a healthy relationship.
If you are dating a workaholic, here are five must-know tips to build a stable and healthy relationship.
Understand your spouse
Understanding his/her reason for prioritising work will help you know the best approach to address issues. Happiness, wealth, success or even old habits are some of the reasons people are work-driven, and knowing what applies to your partner will guide your reaction.
Talk about it
Often times, workaholics are ignorant of how their action and inactions affect their significant other. Hence, you have a responsibility not to suffer in loneliness but try to initiate an honest conversation.
This is not the same as nagging where emotions get flared up yet nothing gets solved. Be patient and aim to find a solution together with your partner.
Make plans together
Make plans on how you can synergise your free schedules and enjoy happy moments together. Also, set reminders on your spouse mobile device for a planned event. Make your partner realize that your relationship also demands work and commitment from both of you.
Create a co-workspace
A co-workspace can help you reconnect with your partner, especially if his/her work has made you drift apart. You guys could hang out here on weekends even if you don’t have a serious work on your hands.
Seeing him work while you do the same will give you a clearer grasp of his mind and help you relate with him/her better.
Talk to someone
As much as you want to salvage your relationship, don’t pretend everything is all right when it is not. If you have tried all options and things seem not to be working, consult a professional for help. A mutual friend can also come in handy.