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    Olivia Sanders

    When Marriage No Longer Makes Sense: How To Cope When Understanding Your Spouse Seems Out Of Reach

    After getting married, relationships can go through their fair share of ups and downs. Far from perfect, marriage is a balancing act of understanding and respecting one another, all while dealing with day-to-day stresses that come about in life. For some, it can seem like you’re no longer connecting or understanding your spouse - and it can be incredibly difficult to talk about it.

    Finding yourself in an awkward situation like this can have quite a substantial mental health and wellbeing toll on you. You may find yourself in uncharted territory and unsure of what to do. The best advice? Communication and understanding. Until irreversible changes occur, there are things that you can do to get through it with decorum and respect.

    The key to navigating issues such as these is understanding that they don’t just happen overnight. Addiction, stress, depression, and other issues can easily put strain on a relationship, no matter how solid it may be. If there are signs indicating something is amiss, dive deeper into what could be the issue. Avoid speculating and instead, have an honest and open conversation about it to see if you can understand why your husband seems off or distant. The process of working through these issues is trying, but it's possible.

    It may be that your husband needs space to sort things out. Alternatively, the stressful and busy lifestyle that many of us lead can take away our prized attention and love. As a result, lack of communication and understanding is almost unavoidable; however, by having a discussion, you’re more likely to discover how best to support each other.

    In any case, if situations like these develop in marriages, it’s important not to suffer in silence - speak up! Bottling up and hiding feelings can only make them boil over, so don’t bury your head in the sand with the hope that they’ll simply disappear.

    It can also help to take solace in activities to get your mind off the problem and focus on self-care. Doing something like finding a local recreational sports team, taking up a hobby, or visiting friends can help you overcome the melancholy you may have surrounding the issue.

    It’s not over until it’s over, however, and it’s still possible to move through difficulties in marriage if both parties are willing to put in the work.

    No marriage is free from problems and pain; accepting them as part of life is key to weathering the storm. By utilizing collaborative communication skills and self-care, you’re sure to feel empowered and energized to battle any doubt and despair that come your way.

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