How to Solve Relationship Problems Without Breaking Up

How to Solve Relationship Problems Without Breaking Up

Solve Relationship Problems Without Breaking Up

Do you want to solve relationship problems without breaking up with your significant other but just don’t know if it’s possible? Has your relationship felt hard lately? Do you find yourself caught up in constant arguments, bouts of bickering, and sullen silences? Do you feel like your partner is always either criticizing you or invalidating your feelings? 

If so, you’re not alone. As a couples counselor and discernment counselor, I can tell you that virtually every couple will go through rough patches. And they can be challenging, hurtful, and stressful for both partners.

I can also tell you that, at a certain point in every rough patch, one or both of the partners thinks, “Is this really worth it? Can this relationship really be saved, or are we just fooling ourselves?” 

This is when people start considering ending their relationship or getting a divorce – they start to wonder if they can solve relationship problems without breakup up. If this sounds like you, let me offer you some professional advice: don’t be too hasty. Every couple goes through rough patches at one point or another. And without professional help, it can be hard to tell whether your problems are normal, or really do mean that you should end things once and for all.

So, CAN you work through your problems? Is there love at the end of this tunnel… or is a breakup lurking in the distance? To find out, I recommend you read the following article, and maybe listen to this episode on the Love, Happiness and Success podcast. The information in both should help you make the best decision for yourself and your relationship, and lead to either a happier relationship or a happier YOU!

Can This Relationship Be Saved? Can We Solve Relationship Problems Without Breaking Up?

If you’ve been having relationship problems for a while, fixing those problems might seem like a hopeless task. It might seem easier to just break up and start a new relationship with someone else.

This is a scary place to be, particularly if you really want a relationship to work. But it’s true: when you’ve been trying over and over again to communicate and solve the problems in your relationship and it’s not working… Everyone starts to wonder if this is the end of the road for their relationship

When relationship problems persist, and nothing seems to help, it’s normal to start to doubt your compatibility, or think that you and your partner are just too different in your values or personalities. You may be wondering if your partner CAN learn how to communicate, or whether they are even willing to work with you to make the marriage or relationship better. 

You might think about trying marriage counseling or couples therapy, but then think, “How would a marriage counselor saying what I’ve been saying have any impact at all? What’s the point of marriage counseling when they refuse to change?”

While this mindset is absolutely normal and natural, it’s also dangerous for your relationship. Why? Because you’re convincing yourself that nothing can be done, which prevents you from looking for solutions. I’m here to tell you that you may have more options than you realize.

How to Solve Relationship Problems Without Breaking Up

If you’ve been doubting your relationship for a while, you might even be harboring escape fantasies: browsing online for apartments, thinking about what you’d say to the kids, and what your life might look like if you’re finally free of the relationship that’s been feeling so frustrating and hurtful. It can start to seem like divorce or a break up is the best option.

But that is rarely the case. Just because what you have been doing hasn’t worked, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a path forward that will work. (It just might look different than you were anticipating.)

As a marriage counselor, I know that some relationships cannot be saved. However, I also know that many couples who survive rough patches and solve relationship problems without breaking up emerge stronger and more connected than ever before. 

Sadly, most couples get divorced because they don’t know how to solve the problems in their relationship, and lose hope that things can ever get better. However, it is very rare that evidence-based couples counseling doesn’t work when two people care enough about their relationship to try (and are given the right tools and support to be successful).

Consider this, even if you do divorce and find a new relationship with a new person, chances are that sooner or later you’ll arrive in a similar place — feeling frustrated by your relationship and at a crossroads where you either grow together or grow apart.

(Read: Why Your Relationship is Worth Saving)

It’s easy to start creating a narrative about how “things shouldn’t be this hard” or “this is not normal.” But the truth is that unless this is a genuinely toxic or abusive relationship, all couples go through times just like this.

You’re normal. I dare you to find one person who’s been married or partnered for more than 4 years who has not, at some point, felt exactly the way you do.

There is hope for your relationship.

WIth the right support, couples can resolve their long term problems. And they may find that they become stronger, happier and genuinely more satisfied with their relationships — not in spite of their hard times, but because of them.

Working Through Relationship Problems

When couples get to the point where communication has broken down, and resentments have built up… they have the opportunity to do some serious growth work together. 

Through this process, you have the chance to be understood, cared for, heard, and respected by each other. You also get the chance to solve problems together as a couple, and work together to build the type of life and relationship that you want.

Without going through the hard times, you wouldn’t have the opportunity or motivation to get really real and embrace the challenge of growth that your marriage requires.

How to Work Through Relationship Problems: When It Feels On The Brink

There is a path forward that can bring you two back together again. It’s actually fairly simple (but not easy).

Listen to this episode of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast for advice from a marriage counselor for how you can get your relationship back on track.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo, Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby

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