Successfully Dealing With A Marriage Crisis
It does not matter how long you have been married, eventually you will go through some sort of marriage crisis. Even the most perfect of relationships will suffer through them. Some couples experience a marriage crisis, and end up in a divorce, while other couples seem to deal with the crisis, emerging with even deeper commitments. What separates the two, and what is the secret to successfully dealing with a marriage crisis?
Many factors can bring on a crisis in marriage. Some occur because the marriage partners have become bored with each other, or complacent with life in general.
Many times stress will cause a conflict. Anxiety levels may become so intense that management of the basic problem becomes impossible. Anger, resentment and frustration will normally occur at this point, and partners become dissatisfied with the marriage. The relationship, consequently, shuts down.
A marriage does not have to reach that point. Once you see a problem emerging, stop it before it reaches the boiling point of discontent. There are many ways couples can work out problems and rid the marriage of the crisis.
Advice from a counselor, friend, minister or a sympathetic family member may be all it takes to set you on a course to happiness. Talking to each other, and an impartial listener are great ways of dealing with a crisis.
Keeping an open mind on how to solve the problem is essential. Many times, the fault for the crisis is your own fault, but admitting it with an open mind is hard to do.
It is possible that your marriage will be strengthened through crisis. Everyone goes through traumatic events in life, whether it is the death of a family member or friend, the loss of a job, illness, and legal or financial problems.
Decide with your spouse to handle problems together, reaching solutions that are agreeable to both will avert or solve a crisis. You will begin to see your marriage strengthened with each passing day.
Assigning blame will usually cause the connection you have to one another to erode. Don’t assign blame to any situation. It takes two people, working together, to make it through a marriage crisis.
Laugh a little. Try to take part in activities that will lighten the mood and spirit. Hug your spouse, making them feel loved. Affection is an emotion that everyone needs to feel from a marriage partner. Don’t expect perfection. Many times, lowering expectations will reduce the stress and pressure.
Remind yourselves that a marriage crisis will not last forever, but a solid commitment to a successful marriage will. If you are dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one, a support group could help you work through it. Share your feelings, and take one day at a time.
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