In today’s fast paced society, it is impossible to avoid stress in our lives. A 2020 survey, near the beginning of the COVID pandemic estimated the prevalence of symptoms of depression was 28% and symptoms of anxiety 21%.
On top of that, if you are planning a wedding, it may be impossible to avoid stress. For engaged couples, external sources of stress around on top of the wedding plans such as work, career and income tend to be overriding stresses that couples try to deal with.
Here are some strategies that you might find helpful to work through with your wedding plans or to discuss with the couple you are working with:
Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.
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- Neff, L.A., and Karney, B.R., (2009). Stress and reactivity to daily relationship experiences: How stress hinders adaptive processes in marriage. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97 (3), 435-450.