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But is that always true? What if the lesson you are meant to take from the experience is that you and your partner are not as compatible as you thought?
Sometimes, afterall, it might be better to go your separate ways. While there is no magic fix for every couple, there are specific themes that seem to help couples navigate difficult times together. Learning to discern the difference between healthy and unhealthy conflict is critical to any relationship. It can be confusing to distinguish one from the other, especially when love is involved. The presence of abuse is another surefire way to tell if unhealthy conflict is present and an indication that it is time to seek professional help to make sure you are safe and able to exit the relationship.
When your partner is in pain, it can be natural to want to swoop in and be their savior. You are only in control of your own behavior. Catchings also recommends meeting with a couples counselor to learn good communication skills and understand how to get through any tough times together as a team. All couples go through some sort of tough time during their relationship. According to Catchings, the most common examples of relationship difficulties include finding out that one partner is being unfaithful, inability to meet financial needs, long-distance relationships, tensions with in-laws, and different needs around sex.
As heartbreaking as each of these are, none of them automatically means your relationship is doomed. As mentioned ly, effective communication and couples counseling can help. For example, the findings of one study suggest that some long-distance relationships are in fact more stable than geographically close relationships, showing a greater overall sense of idealism, positive reminisces, perceived agreement, communication quality, and romantic love. Having done close to six years of collective long-distance with my now-husband, I can personally attest to how long-distance has strengthened instead of weakened our relationship.
Additionally, some research suggests that married couples who work through difficulties together are likely to be happy in the long-run and do not experience a decline in relationship quality as a result. Surrounding yourself with people who love you unconditionally can be enormously helpful in times of need. Finding people who can simply be there for you, without telling you what to do, will help you to feel empowered during this tough time. There are a lot of wonderful resources available to help you and your partner enhance your relationship.
I am constantly amazed by how much our relationships teach us about ourselves — our greatest fears, deepest desires, relentless courage, and steady resilience. There is no handbook. No one can promise you it will work out.
All you can do is trust, communicate with respect, and hope for the best. Talkspace articles are written by experienced mental health-wellness contributors ; they are grounded in scientific research and evidence-based practices.
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She has been featured in numerous media outlets for her knowledge on overcoming burnout, cultivating self-compassion, and the science of happy workplaces. Clinically Reviewed by Cynthia V. Here are five things to keep in mind while working through tough times as a couple.
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