Your spouse may be acting in ways that cause you anxiety and stress in your marriage. How can you cope with anxiety in a marriage so that it does not have a toll on your physical and mental health?

1. Exercise Regularly
According to Harvard Medical School, exercising can help one to deal with anxiety, depression, and stress. This is because exercising releases chemicals known as endorphins into the body which helps one to boost his or her mood.
So, try to exercise every day. Walk briskly for about 30 minutes in the morning before you go to work, run for about five miles in the morning, do rope jumping for about 45 minutes every day, or dance to your favorite music for about 30 minutes every day.

2. Do Deep Breathing Exercises Often
Stand by the open window of your bedroom or stand in your garden and breathe in deeply. Then, tense all the muscles of your body. Hold your breath for about five seconds and then breathe out through your nostril as you relax all the muscles in your body. You can make this exercise time more enjoyable by listening to music on your iPod or audiobooks.

3. Talk To Someone
Confide in someone about the problems you are going through in the marriage. You may choose to join Facebook groups that help people going through anxiety in their marriages. Share your heartaches with the members of the groups. Some of them may be going through what you are going through and so can offer you words of comfort and encouragement that will give you hope and strengthen your spirit. Furthermore, people will give you valuable suggestions which will help you to deal with some of the problems which may be causing the anxiety in the marriage.

4. Distract Yourself
Sometimes it helps when you take your attention and focus off whatever is causing you the anxiety and stress. That will help you to relax.
Here are ways you can distract yourself:
• Talk to an old school mate on the phone. Relive your school days and it may evoke wonderful memories which will make you feel fine.
• Watch comedy movies and laugh actively when something funny occurs. Try to involve all your senses so that you can make this strategy more effective.
• Recall funny things that have happened in your life or in your marriage and laugh over them.
• Play with your rabbit, parrot, or dog. Touch the pet to help you feel a connection to something.
• Play soccer or basketball with your children.

5. Get Enough Sleep
According to the American Psychological Association, getting enough sleep can help one to handle anxiety better.
Therefore, ensure that you get at least seven hours of sleep every day. In line with this, avoid drinking coffee, tea, or any other stimulant in the evening before you go to bed because stimulants will keep you alert and make it difficult for you to sleep.
Additionally, avoid eating a heavy meal or exercising in the evenings. Furthermore, if you find it difficult to sleep, drink a chocolate or cocoa beverage and it will help you to become sleepy.

6. Read Your Bible Every Day
The Bible contains many words of inspiration which can motivate a person when he or she is down and feeling sad. One of such verses is, “When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you (Isaiah 43 v 2). Here God tells you that no matter what you are going through, if you have faith in Him and trust Him, your challenges will not defeat you.
So, make it a habit to read your Bible every day. As you continue this habit, you will build up a store of encouraging verses which you can meditate upon whenever you feel anxiety building up so that you can calm down.

7. Pray
God ask s us to cast all our burdens upon Him for He cares for us. Therefore, lay your troubles at his feet. He will give you peace of mind when you do this and that will help you to cope with the anxiety in your marriage.
So, every day, intone prayers such as this one, “Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for this day. I thank You for the gift of life and for Your mercies and grace which have sustained me all these years. Father, I am anxious about the way Isaac treats me. Please give me peace of mind so that this situation will not affect my mental health adversely. Please touch the heart of Isaac so that he will change. And please help me to correct my mistakes so that I can contribute to building a happy marriage. Amen.”

To cope with anxiety in marriage, make it a habit to exercise regularly, do tension releasing exercises too, share your feelings, hurts, and pain with others so that they can give you moral support, and seek the comfort of the God of comfort and you will feel fine.

Author's Bio: 

Isaac started his writing career as a crime fiction eBook author. He has published about 75 mystery and thriller eBooks on Amazon in English and several other languages. In addition, Isaac has also self-published about 7 non-fiction eBooks.
Additionally, Isaac has written over 80 articles on relationships and marriage at Hubpages, and over 50 articles on topics ranging from relationships, health, and parenting to sports, self-improvement, and making money online, at and
Isaac is a simple, down-to-Earth guy. He has a great sense of humor and he is very friendly. He loves watching soccer and reading his Bible and crime fiction stories. Furthermore, he enjoys sharing knowledge with people and also exchanging ideas with others, and learning new things about life and other people.
Isaac’s favorite authors are Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, and Alfred Hitchcock.