Answer: If you can’t find quality time, create it.
I can not emphasize enough the importance of quality time every couple should be spending with each other. Gary Chapman has named ‘quality time’ as one of the primary love languages.
The quality time binds two people together as they get to know each other better and adjust better to each others’ needs, demands and wishes.
Your husband is a workaholic. This may imply several other things like he may not be interested in spending time with you which is why he immerses himself in work or maybe this is just a short
phase of work overload for him.
If there is no time i.e. he is actually a busy man, I would suggest that you create time for both of you.
I think you should talk to him without sounding demanding. I know how it feels when our spouse prioritizes work over the partner. And it usually happens with women. They leave their career, home, friends etc for their husband and then husband gets immersed in his work. I also know how it will be almost impossible for you to ‘not sound demanding’ when you are actually demanding time from him. But sometimes demanding does not work that well.
Talk to him slowly and with patience. Do not start away with ‘I want to spend time with you.’ Start showing little interest in his work. For ex. one day you sit next to him and ask him what is it about his work that keeps him so busy. Given the workaholic he is, I am sure he would feel happy to talk about his work. If he tells you he has got a bad client this time or that this is just a matter of few days, you should give him a leeway else tell him that you want to know more about his work.
Try to take interest in what he does. Ask him if you could help him. This would set the start of a conversation that was not there earlier. Then slowly you can take it forward by talking about his day at work, his colleagues and/or anything that interests him.
Point is many a times the differences in interests of spouses is such that it causes a blank space between the two. You need to fill this space first and since he is not willing to do it, you do it by talking about what he wants to listen and talk about.
Whatever time is left with you, after he is home, use it to create it as a time for both of you.
I will do a detailed post on ‘how to create quality time with husband’ but in the meantime, take baby steps. Begin with talking to him about his work and then engage him in conversation and slowly pull him into talking to you.
You can also suggest going out for activities that he enjoys so that there is a start of things and time that has both of you.
Offer him a head or body massage. He simply won’t refuse. *wink*
If he comes home late, try your best to make him go to bed early so that he gets good sleep and wakes up early too. In this case, you two can spend time in the morning.
Basically, create activities that he begins to participate in with you.
Hope this helps.