Relationships require work and are bound to face challenges large and small. Simple, everyday stressors can strain an intimate relationship, and major sources of stress may threaten the stability of the relationship. As long as each partner is willing to address the issue at hand and participate in developing a solution. Most relationship problems are manageable but when challenges are left unaddressed:
– Tension mounts
– Poor habits develop
– The health and longevity of the relationship are in jeopardy
Strain can be placed on a relationship when stressful circumstances affect the couple as a whole, or even just one of the partners. Chronic illness of one person, for example, can impact the well-being of both partners. Many couples struggle with communicating effectively and feeling that they are heard by their partners, as well as differences in parenting, political views, or expectations. Severe stressors include:
– Infidelity – Terminal illness of one partner – Serious mental health issues
Resentment, contempt, and an increase in the frequency of arguments tend to be signs of underlying problems that have been left unaddressed.
Some common relationship concerns include:
– Financial difficulties – Barriers to communication – Routine conflict – Emotional distance – Sexual intimacy issues – Lack of trust
Sometimes, marriage itself can be the issue at hand for an unmarried couple, when one partner wants to marry or is subject to social or familial pressure to do so, and the other partner is reluctant or feels unready to marry. Couples who are considering marriage may seek premarital counseling for these and other issues.
Chronic relationship conflict or stress can contribute to mental health conditions, like depression or anxiety, for one or both partners. Relationship problems can also affect one’s self-esteem and physical health or lead to feelings of guilt, shame, or anger.