Arguments seem to be a dime a dozen lately. Whether a cabinet door stays open or someone forgets to put away shoes in the right place, I know we’ll have a screaming match in no time. Even when the most innocent comment is made, tensions flare up and the yelling begins. But the worst thing is that neither of us can find the common ground to fix things and, at this point, I don’t even know if I care anymore. Is my relationship in a bad place?
Relationships will come with their fair share of arguments, kisses, disagreements and hugs, but it can often be difficult to recognize the problems that may put yours in jeopardy. It isn’t uncommon for couples to refuse to seek help due to the stigma that relationship troubles often carry, but it’s important to nurture your relationship and lead it away from turbulence. How can you tell if your relationship is in need of help? At Rice Psychology Group of Tampa, we have the information that could make a difference.
At times, it may seem as if your relationship is on the brink of chaos, but you can work to make it strong again. Take the first step to what you once had today.
A Painful Distance
Relationships will often be marred by short periods of feeling distant, but if you feel as if you and your spouse are drifting apart, your relationship may not be doing as well as it should. Perhaps you’d rather spend time with other people or maybe your spouse feels like being away from home far too frequently. The feeling of distance can additionally surface when:
- You no longer share your feelings with your partner and vise versa
- You feel apathetic about the things your partner does or doesn’t do
- You stop talking about your day with each other
- You start planning on doing things on your own without your partner
- You become attracted to others and feel as if you need someone who can provide your unmet needs
Unresolved Fights and Arguments
Relationships can often suffer when you feel as if you’re stuck in an argument that never ends. Even when you try to talk about a certain problem, you’re left feeling misunderstood and often wonder if your partner is saying or doing things to hurt you on purpose.
At this point in your relationship, the most innocent or well-intended comment can cause a negative reaction and tension. These examples are some of the biggest indications that unresolved fights are making their way into your relationship.
A Decreased Intimate Connection
It can often be normal to feel a diminished intimate connection with your partner. However, if a period with no intimacy begins to carry on for too long, it may be a sign that things aren’t as they should be. This lack of intercourse, cuddling and caressing can sometimes translate to a general lack of affection between you and your partner.
Move Your Relationship in the Right Direction
These relationship woes can cause a big mental and emotional strain in both of you, but perhaps deep inside, you and your partner want to steer your relationship in a healthy direction. The truth is it can often be difficult to work on things and fix them when looking from the inside, but that’s where Rice Psychology Group can help.
Our Tampa-based psychologists are fully trained to evaluate your situation, pinpoint the issues at fault and help you in addressing the problems at hand. For more information about our services for relationship issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.