Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Getting Through The Hard Times

Every relationship, every marriage goes through rough patches, how you deal with
them though is what makes the difference in whether it is a relationship that is going
to last or one that is slowly going to fall apart. When you hit hard times look at what is
affecting the marriage, is it outside influences such as friends and in-laws? Is it a money
problem, is it the kids causing issues? Once you find the cause of the friction you can
get a better handle on how to deal with it.

Before you do anything else, you need to be completely honest. That means being honest with your partner, being honest with yourself, and being honest about the relationship. It’s easy to live in a state of denial, especially when things aren’t going all that well. However, they will never get better if you aren’t being completely truthful.

Now that you’re being honest about everything, the next step is to look at what’s causing the problems in your relationship. Be careful doing this, because it’s easy to assume the symptoms are the problem. For example, if you think the problem is that the two of you argue too much, then that’s really a symptom. What you need to do is get to the root of why you’re arguing in the first place. This may take some time and a bit of digging, but it’s a vital step in saving a relationship.

Once you figure out what the real problems are, it’s time to talk with your partner. Notice that it says talk “with” your partner, and not “to” or “at” them. How you approach this talk is almost as important as the talk itself. If your relationship is in trouble, then chances are good that your partner is aware that things aren’t going well. That could mean they will be more receptive than you expect. Either way, do your best to have a good conversation about the problems in your relationship.

The next logical step is to try to come up with solutions to your problems. You both need to work on this step together. That way it will be as fair as possible, and neither person will feel as though the other one got the upper hand. It can sometimes be difficult to come up with solutions on your own, so be willing to get help from a relationship counselor if needed.

Saving a relationship can take a lot of effort. It also requires that both partners are working toward the same goal. But if you have the right attitude and are willing to do whatever it takes, then it will be more than worth it when the two of you are happy together again.

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