Q“My partner is very antisocial. How can I work around this with so many social gatherings coming up in the festive season?”
In any relationship, there are bound to be differences, so remember that being antisocial does not mean that there is something wrong with your partner. They may not be aware of the underlying causes of their behaviour (like lack of confidence, anxiety or shyness), so when dealing with this, make sure your partner knows that you accept them as they are.
If your partner’s antisocial behaviour is out of character, there may be deeper issues they need to address with a professional. Likewise, if your relationship is showing signs of stress because of these antisocial tendencies, see a counsellor together.
Once you have assessed the situation and feel that the two of you can handle it together, take action. Communication is key! Make sure your partner feels heard, and then come up with a strategy as a team. For example, suggest that when you go to a social gathering, you also make time to rest afterwards. Being proactive and figuring out a way to support each other over the festive season will strengthen your bond.
Start your day on a high note in just 10 minutes.
Even when you’re too busy for a full workout (or can’t resist the snooze button), you can still sneak in 10 minutes – which is all you need for this turbo routine by trainer Angel Santiago. Now go have an amazing day!
Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms down. Bend at waist and walk hands out into a plank. Raise right foot and plant it just outside right hand. Pause, then return to plank; repeat with left foot for one rep. Do six reps. Time: two minutes