Finding Comfort in a Stormy Marriage and Beyond

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Are you in a stormy marriage? How can you tell?

• Your husband tells you he’s in love with someone else.
• Your wife says she “loves you but isn’t in love with you.”
• You’re fighting all the time.
• You’re having financial problems.
• You’re separated.
• You’re a single parent, scared and lonely.
• You’re going through a divorce that you don’t want.
• Your problems are affecting your life at home, work, and with family and friends.

If this list sounds familiar to you, chances are that comfort is the last thing on your mind! You may feel like it’s an impossible luxury. In fact, it’s necessary to acquire strength, bolster your self-esteem, create authentic relationships and nurture the people you care about.

Finding Comfort In A Stormy Marriage

The Webster’s Dictionary has several definitions for the word comfort. This one comes closest to what is being discussed here: “Ease of body and mind.”

It takes courage to pay attention to your needs. When your life is unraveling around you, the temptation is to hide and lick your wounds or run headlong into the fray, attempting to fix the problem. The first may feel nurturing, the second empowering–at first. Before long, you are depressed or burned out–and in no shape for the battle of your life.

We all have a voice within. During the worst times in our lives, especially the kind of self-esteem shattering times that occur when your marriage is in trouble, that voice is anything but comforting.

So, how do we begin finding comfort?

The following is not exhaustive, but it is a beginning.

Look through the information, click on the links, read what interests you and listen to/feel what’s going on in your body. You don’t need to go through it all at one time. Let this be a safe haven to experiment with what works for you and encourages you to find new ways to comfort yourself.

Your Health

Getting proper rest and nutrition is vitally important. Even if you were healthy before your marriage troubles began, you’ll want to foster a relationship with your doctor. If you already had issues surrounding food and nutrition, it’s even more important to make that appointment! You need a good foundation for health, especially at this time. If you don’t, your body and brain will not function properly.

Food to Eat When You Don’t Feel Like Eating

Depression and Over Eating

Food and Feelings

After the Affair – Taking Care of Yourself While Surviving Infidelity

Sleeping

Any amount of sleep deprivation will diminish mental performance, cautions Mark Mahowald, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “One complete night of sleep deprivation is as impairing in simulated driving tests as a legally intoxicating blood-alcohol level.” Read the entire article here

Eating

Marriage troubles may equal eating troubles. You feel depression about your situation and eat for comfort. If you don’t choose the right foods, it can perpetuate the depression cycle. Your emotional triggers will be at an all-time high. Even if you never had a problem with food, you may suffer. One of the most common problems after infidelity, in particular, is called the “Infidelity Diet,” which happens when you can’t eat — or eat and the food goes right through you. This “diet” can happen to both betrayed and wayward spouses. Read a thread describing the Infidelity Diet by several posters on SurvivingInfidelity.com

The links between mental/physical/metaphysical

We must develop ways to learn from, and listen to, our body’s wisdom. Some signs are so obvious, yet we ignore them.

When you’re tired – rest.
When you’re hungry – eat.
When you want to cry but hold it in – don’t.

What you feel in your body is often an accurate barometer of what’s going on in your mind. Why aren’t we listening to our bodies?

To learn more: Metaphysics for Life 

Depression and Anxiety

Even if you’ve never been depressed or anxious before, situational depression and/or anxiety can occur when your marriage is in crisis.

Depression is when it takes energy to just move. Anxiety causes you to question every move. Mixed depression and anxiety gives you boundless energy to feel panic but no energy to do anything about it. (Depressed & Anxious by Thomas Marra, Ph.D.) Depressed & Anxious by Thomas Marra, Ph.D.

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of Anxiety

Choosing a Therapist for Individual and/or Couples Therapy

While you may not know exactly what you want to accomplish with therapy, it’s good to go in with an idea. For example: What are your goals? Saving your marriage at all costs? Find a pro-marriage tharapist. Preparing for divorce? Find a therapist who can help you emotionally as the process unfolds. If you’re a religious person, do you  want only someone within your faith? Be sure to ask questions.

Don’t expect to be comfortable at the beginning. It takes time to trust, and most therapists know this.

A note about financial concerns and HMOs:

Many HMOs allow only a set number of appointments to be covered by your insurance carrier. Be sure to check ahead of time to avoid unexpected stress.

Ask if the therapist has a sliding scale. Many do!

How to Choose a Therapist

What to tell a counselor about your marriage

Aging

Aging brings an added element to marriage issues and in fact, can create its own issues.

Save Your Marriage – for those over 50

Gender Differences in Aging

Menopause and Marriage

Aging Gracefully

Things You Can do Yourself ~ Self Nurturing and Alternative Therapies

Thought Patterns

You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power; and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may make use of it the moment you learn to control your thoughts. ~ Napoleon Hill

8 Destructive Thought Patterns and How To Change Them

Setting realistic boundaries

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No… – Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

Herbal

Herbal Therapy

Essential Oils

List of Essential Oils and their uses

Distress Tolerance Skills

Distress Tolerance Techniques to Reduce …Stress Disorder

Sacred space at home

Creating special places inside the home and outside in the yard will help to create a sense of peace and comfort.

How to make a shrine

Book Preview – Sacred Space by Denise Linn (lots of great ideas for making your home a Sacred Space)

Indoor or outdoor fountains are beautiful to see and comforting to hear.

Indoor Fountains

Outdoor Fountains

Journaling

How to Keep a Journal – WikiHow

Spiritual ~ Prayer, Meditation, Religion

A spiritual community can be a great asset to you as you struggle with your marriage or other disappointments in your life. A spiritual journey is, of course, very personal. You are encouraged to find answers for yourself, but in the meantime, here are a few thoughts to consider:

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along the way. Author Unknown

Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. ~ Christian D. Larson

More Inspirational Quotes about Life

Comforting Bible Verses

Comforting the Pained – Jewish Tradition

Talking to Higher Power

Talking to God – The Basics of Prayer

Listening to Higher Power

Learning Meditation

Surrender

What is Surrender?

Spiritual encounters: Compassionate listening, Sharing stories, and Experiencing spiritual experiences with another on the same path.

More information from the site The Spirit of Serenity 

Outside Influences ~ Friends, Family and Employment

When, and with whom, to share your struggles: your friends, family and employer

Telling your parents about your marriage problems

Be careful what you tell your family

In Work Would Be Great If It Weren’t For The People by Ronna Lichtenberg with Gene Stone we learn that “Friends are what you have outside the office.” This is something to consider when sharing your personal problems. “You just never know when even your best friend is going to decide that, hey, you were never really that close.”

Office Politics.com

Some thoughts on trust and friendship – My Helium 

Art

Creating art can be therapeutic and just plain fun!

Why art is important ~ You, as creator

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Entertainment

7 of the Worlds Best Comfort Movies

Cozy Mysteries 

Music as Comfort

Places to go ~Taking Yourself on a Date

Most of us spend most of our lives indoors. Once you make your home a Sacred Space, it’s time to find Sacred Spaces outside of your home.

Some ideas:

It can be as simple as an oak-shaded street on the way home from the market, the gardens of a museum or a corner of your back yard. It can be the beach, a nearby lake, a sun-drenched desert with clear skies, or a balcony. It can be the library, a book store, a coffee shop or a thrift store. The point is to get out and find a place that gives you at least some measure of peace.

Sacred Space

Gratitude

How to Write a Gratitude Journal

Quotes about Gratitude to lift you up!

Women and Men

Stress and Gender

Differences between men and women

Humor

Sometimes all you can do is laugh – or you’ll cry – or you’ll do both at the same time!

Facts: Laughter really IS the best medicine

Benefits of Laughter

Stunning Stuff – A Collection of Stuff to Make You Laugh

Internet resources that may interest you

Star*fish’s Betrayed Spouses! It is the fear…… (SYMC)

Tiggy’s self-nurturing activities (SYMC)

Enneagram Personality Test

The Highly Sensitive Person Test

The Personality Self-Portrait – Why you … Lois B. Morris

When your comfort zones hold you back – Psychology Today

Final Thoughts

In doing research for this, I found more information, misinformation, internet sites, message boards, helpful advice and not-so-helpful advice than I ever expected. You may be hurting, vulnerable, and feeling fragile, as many do when faced with marriage problems. If this sounds like you, I’d like to encourage you, especially at this time, to be careful. Read, listen and learn… when it feels safe to do so. Ask questions. Pay attention to how your body is feeling. In time, you’ll find your favorite therapies and come up with your own ideas. I wish you comfort and peace on your journey.

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One Response to Finding Comfort in a Stormy Marriage and Beyond

  1. Tracey Dickensheets says:

    Thanks for good post, My spouse and i by no means notice amazing blog this way, I will revisit later on.

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