7 Tips For Living With The Unemployed


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How to live with the recently laid-off without going crazy.

"Eight months, 24 hours a day, we'll be hanging out together—we won't have a single bit of free time to be alone," Mr. Hutchins says. "It should be interesting."

For those who are less adventurous, sign up for a class together instead, anything where you get to spend some time together not cooped up at home. Read: 5 Simple Hobbies That Can Help Couples Reconnect


5. Give each other a little space before and after "couple time."

You may be happy to spend time with your significant other, but need a little alone time after working all day. To the recently laid off: let your partner settle down, drink a beer and watch a little television before you bombard them with your idea to go skydiving or white water rafting. You may have an endless amount of pent up energy, but they probably want to take a nap.

6. Don't nitpick.

As couples tend to spend more time together if one or both has lost a job, they are more apt to notice each other's little quirks. Though sometimes endearing, the extended time together might make them seem more annoying than anything. Fight less by resisting the urge to continually whine about their habits (that is, unless their habit is leaving you to do all the chores every night or replacing sex with porn).

7. Trust each other.

When everything is going great, it's easy to be happy and to trust your partner is doing everything they should. It's not nearly as simple when half of your income is gone. Stand by each other as a couple and trust that each of you is doing everything they need to be doing to get another job.

Readers, how are you dealing with unemployment? What other recommendations do you have?

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