Consider statements from this couple.
When we first met, our relationship was perfect. We were so happy together!
But then something changed – we started fighting more and more often until it got to the point where all we did was argue about everything.
It’s like we stopped being partners and became enemies instead.
I’m not sure what happened along the way, but now it feels like there is nothing left between us at all – no love for each other or anything else that used to matter before this mess started happening.
Lack of two-way communication makes disagreement worse.
If you are in a relationship, there is no doubt that you and your partner will disagree at some point or another.
Sometimes, the disagreement might be small and easily solved through conversation; it’s more serious at other times.
It doesn’t matter if the issue is big or small; what matters is how it affects you throughout different life stages.
If your partner tends to ignore your input when you disagree with something that you want to do, this could lead to bigger problems down the line.
The imbalance of power makes meeting each other’s needs difficult.
Do you feel like one of you has more power in the relationship?
It’s normal to have disagreements, but it doesn’t always mean that one person is wrong.
The key is to explore how each of your needs is getting met.
There are many ways for both people to share power and not follow a “leader” and “follower” model.
Changes in life challenge relationships.
Relationships are hard work, and it’s not uncommon for life to change as a result. When our lives change, we can face challenges that may affect our relationships.
New responsibilities can create challenges. These challenges include caring for children or aging parents, not having enough time for one another because of work and family commitments, divorce or separation from a loved one, death of a spouse or close family member, and loss of income due to unemployment or disability – to name a few.
Relationships are hard work; both sides need to give and take when any part changes.
Sure, improving your relationship will be hard work…
But making changes is worth the struggle.
I know you feel frustrated, scared, and even hopeless. I also know that sometimes it feels like you’re the only person in the world who has ever faced this type of challenge. I want to reassure you that many people are experiencing what you are going through right now, which doesn’t make your situation any less valid.
Accepting being a couple is difficult when one partner wants out or refuses to work on their relationship, but don’t let these feelings prevent you from making progress.
You will have good days and bad days. But if we can work together toward better understanding each other, then eventually, things may start to look up for both of you.
There is hope! Contact us because we can help you find balance and work through difficulties and challenges in your relationship. Our work starts with having an open conversation between the two of you.