Most of my Houston marriage therapy clients make their weekly visits to my office a priority because they know they need relationship help, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a struggle. I know how hard it is for many of them to juggle work, parenting, and other responsibilities, all while trying to focus on improving their relationship.

Unfortunately, things seem to be worse rather than better. All of our supposed “time-saving” technologies have really just created a situation where we are expected to be on call 24/7, and even our standard 40-hour work week has been creeping up for years, and now stands at around 45 hours on average. And that’s not even accounting for soccer games, homework help, parent-teacher conferences, and the million other things most of us are trying to do on a regular basis.

It gets to the point that we simply don’t have the energy to deal with potential problems in our relationship. We know that things could be better but it’s a lot easier to let relationship problems slide because other issues seem more pressing. Unfortunately, relationship pressures only build overtime,, and eventually things can reach a tipping point and you’ll find yourself in Houston marriage therapy.

Houston Marriage Therapy: Ways to Fight Exhaustion

There are a number of steps that you can take to fight exhaustion and protect your relationship at the same time. Some are more extreme than others but all are valuable when you just don’t have enough time.

  • Touch each other. We all need physical closeness in our relationship but when you’re exhausted, sometimes sex is just too much to ask. That doesn’t mean you can’t get physical, though. Make a point of hugging and kissing each other as much as possible, as well as snuggling together on the couch and in bed.
  • Send love notes. We don’t have time to stop and smell the roses or whisper sweet nothings, but that shouldn’t stop you from sending off a romantic or sexy email or text—just don’t do it while driving!
  • Have mini-vacations. A week in Maui would be nice but you know that’s never going to happen with your schedule. Instead, try to get away for a night in a nice hotel or even just take a long lunch so that you can get together alone.
  • Try job sharing. This option obviously won’t work for everyone but if your job is just too much and your finances can take the hit, ask your boss about job sharing so that you can go part time. You’ll have a lot more time and feel far less pressure.

If you’ve tried everything and nothing’s working, try Houston marriage therapy.