Your partner’s personality, exercise habits, work hours, and more, can have surprising effects on your own well-being. Couples begin to mirror each other's emotional and physical health as they age; it is important to be aware of your mate’s health habits and how they might be affecting your health. Confidence Coach Laure Redmond joined us to highlight a few:
- One of You is Depressed Your partner’s depression could raise your own risk of chronic pain. Caring for a depressed mate can create tension in the relationship and eventually leads to increased anxiety, fatigue, sexual and mental disconnection.
- Alcohol Use Your romantic partner has a noticeable impact on how much alcohol you consume, and how often you drink. If your partner drinks heavily, you are more likely to do so. Excessive drinking adds fuel to a couples conflicts and is a true intimacy killer.
- Your Partner is an Exerciser Setting a good example by exercising can influence your mate to follow suit. A recent study from Johns Hopkins University showed that when a partner begins an exercise routine, their spouse is 70% more likely to increase their activity levels. A happy couple can motivate each other to stay healthy, set goals, and keep each other accountable.
- Stress Levels Parenting disputes, a lack of physical intimacy, disagreements over money, and discussions about who does which household chores are the highest stress triggers between couples.
- You Frequently Argue Every relationship has its fights, but the way you argue can make you sick. If loud, angry outburst are your style, watch out for heart problems and high blood pressure. If you silently fume, it can turn into neck or back pain, or stiff muscles. Dissatisfaction in a relationship can also lead to passive-aggressive eating behaviors, which will lead to weight gain.
- Sleeping Together Sleeping next to someone you love and trust can help you fully relax and embrace sleep. An exception to this rule is if your bedmate keeps you up at night by snoring, or tossing and turning. Insomnia creates daytime fatigue and increases anxiety and impatience.
- Your Mate is an Optimist Those couples where one partner has a positive outlook on life report fewer chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and arthritis; and better mobility and motor skills.
You can listen to Laure on "Feel Good Naked Radio." For more helpful information, visit Laure's website. She's also available for private coaching for individuals or groups.