Research suggests that learning how to better support your partner, and vice versa, may ease your collective stress quotient, and potentially improve your health. Stress makes levels of the hormone cortisol surge, and when stress is unrelenting, that soaring cortisol wreaks havoc on your body, including your heart. But conversations between partners can reduce stress and tension, make cortisol levels drop, and let the body recover. When your partner is stressed, don’t minimize the problem. Acknowledge it clearly and validate your partner’s feeling. And instead of trying to immediately find solutions to the problem, focus on listening, asking questions, and just being there. Nonverbal communication like eye contact, nodding, and reassuring touch is helpful, too. If all of this comes naturally to you, keep it up. If it doesn’t, practice, and you’ll get the hang of it. Besides lowering stress, comforting talks build trust and closeness in your relationship.
Source: Want to help your partner stress less? Listen from the heart
"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." --Bryant H. McGill