On January 4th 2019, BBC News released an article stating that 13 people in the UK filed for divorce on Christmas Day. Good god – it doesn’t get worse than that. Further statistics tell us that 1 in 5 married couples consider divorcing their partners in January – the main reason cited being ‘unreasonable behaviour’. What the AF did these guys buy their wives for Christmas?
If you just about made it through this testing time, fear not, things can only get better. Here’s some simple techniques to get out of the doghouse and back in the good books.
- BE GRATEFUL
She’ll still be riling from the trauma that Christmas brought from both a mental and physical perspective. Say things like “Wow, Xmas was stressful… thanks for organising the whole of it, I don’t know how you do it” and use / wear the presents she bought you. Acknowledgement of her efforts is essential.
- ARRANGE A DATE (THAT DOESN’T CONTAIN CALORIFC CONTENT)
Spending quality time together is guaranteed to get you back on track, but naturally, she’ll be on an extreme diet that means she will not want to go for dinner, or the cinema (where sweets and popcorn consumption are a must). Suggest something active… even if that’s just a romantic woodland walk in the winter chill.
- PLAN AHEAD
Imagine her delight if you were to think as far ahead as summer or even next Christmas. Throwaway comments like “I can’t stop thinking about a summer holiday” or “Should we go out as a family for Christmas dinner next year?” will fool her into thinking you’re on the same page.
- PAY EXCESSIVE COMPLIMENTS
If she’s been watching what she eats and booking gym classes for more than a week, she’s going to be expecting dramatic results by Day 10… so give her what she wants and casually enquire as to whether she’s lost some weight. She’ll be all over you like a rash.
- STEP UP
Getting back into the swing of things, turning over new organisational leaves and re-establishing life as we know it is the primary focus of most women from January 1st onwards. Help her on her way and book a Sainsbury’s delivery slot, file your home admin pile and rearrange your man drawers. She’ll love you for it.
Stand by for further action… Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and is a great occasion to recover lost ground – we’ll be there with our gentle reminders and gifting suggestions.
If things are still feeling a little strained and you’re getting cold out there in the doghouse, feel free to tweet DLHD for advice our – our mission is to nurture relationships and help them survive even at the toughest of times, and man alive, Christmas can be rough. @dlhdteam