“Swoon” Show Notes: Episode #140: "How can I support him when I am already stressed?"

Jeff Guenther, LPC on Nov 21, 2021 in Swoon

This week Julie and Gina answer a listener question that is so universal we wanted to share it right away: how can I keep showing I care when I feel extra low energy myself? If you've ever been in love through stressful times you know how hard it can be to stay in a loving place when your empathetic cup is empty. Join us to talk more about what to do in low-energy moments.

This episode covers:

  • How can I support my partner when I have very few spoons?
  • How can we stay in love through dark, depressing parts of seasonal changes?
  • How do we shift between different seasons in the relationship?
  • What should we do when both of us have little energy to spare?


      Memorable Quotes

      "Ideally we can just take turns because one of us is full while the other is empty."

      "There are lots of reasons people are out of spoons, and it can be hard to dredge up the energy for relationship maintenance."

      "There are different phases within a relationship. How do we shift from one to another successfully?"

      "How can I show you love this week?"

      "What would meaningful support look like to you this week?"

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          Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a sexuality counselor and communication consultant specializing in healthy boundaries, passionate relationships, jealousy, and infidelity. She supports non-traditional couples all over the world as a retreat leader and certified relationship coach.
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