Picture this: youve just about managed to get into the rhythm when it comes to your work. It took you a while to get started courtesy chores, meal prep, getting the kids ready for their day, and other household activities to take care of, but just as youre about to get into that meeting, your partner has started pacing around you because he is frustrated or stressed about an incident or deadline. He doesnt know what triggered it, but hes now in your personal space and has managed to break that rhythm. What do you do?As most of the world has come to understand, working in an office setup is far more focussed as compared to when working from home. And given that a large part of the workforce is still working remotely, theres a new dilemma thats arisen: balancing the professional and personal. Its stressful when youre living with your partner and are with them 24x7; its a lot harder when you have to co-work and manage your home.Naturally, your work pressures will be different from that of your partners, and its bound to manifest differently. You may find him/her distant, irritable, or worse, lashing out at you. So how do you work as a team when you have a different stress response? Lets review:Listen and support your partnerWe often feel that we should fix a certain problem our partners have. Sometimes, just lending an ear can go a long way. Perhaps, they just need to vent and get things out of their systems. Knowing that youre around to listen to them is enough to help them calm down, and figure out their next steps. You may not realise just how powerful silence can be at times like these.Respect each others coping mechanismsMaybe you like to clean; maybe he likes to pace the fact remains, if hes suddenly in your space, instead of getting annoyed, take it as an opportunity to move around, getting your blood circulating, and find a way to just be there for him without intruding. When hes had time to internalise the problem, he will open up on his own. Prying or asking too many questions when he doesnt know whats bothering him to begin with, can backfire and add to the stress.Stop the comparisonsIn every romantic equation, theres always that presumption that one partner tends to do more, sacrifice more, or be the more accommodating one. While that may be, its best to not blatantly point things out. The same goes for how you cope with difficulties as a couple. One may prefer to shut off and decompress in solitude while the other may need to talk it out loud with the partners. Stop comparing which method is more effective, and try and embrace each others individuality. Moreover, you definitely want to refrain from comparing your partners time management skills to a co-worker he or she may already be constantly compared to.Take up a couple activityWhether its a walk in the park, cycling, or an at-home workout, make sure that youll indulge in some stress-relieving activities together. You can even use this time to cheat on your job, and kids. Besides, its fun to play hooky every now and then, so long as you do it responsibly. Perhaps reliving those college days can act as a great way to beat the stress, and spend quality time with your spouse. Crack silly jokes, do stupid things, and just be there for each other in that moment. After all, laughter is a guaranteed way to loosen up.