The unexpected has happened, and it is a time when the head of the household can shine by taking the lead in actions and work that needs to be done in the light of this new reality. If such a person has longed for an opportunity to showcase their abilities and thereby gain better power, let them pull a Nike and JUST DO IT. They can, now.
Someone in the relationship needs some down time, to get away from people and just rest or do something soothing. Whereas the head of household is invited to swing into action, women are invited to rest, relax, dream. There is a tendency for (a woman, probably), to idealize her cicumstances - maybe she doesn't see the contribution her partner is making. And that is okay, because he is simply picking up burdens she carried so long.