Do Couples Fall In and Out of Love?
The Rollercoaster of Love: Understanding Why Couples Fall In and Out of Love
When we think of love, we often picture a steady and unwavering lovely feeling of excitement and romance that lasts forever. The reality is that love can be a rollercoaster ride, with a lot of ups and downs and it's normal for couples to experience fluctuations in their feelings of love and attraction towards one another.
“Falling out of love” is not really possible, it is more accurate to say that you, your partner and the situation stalemates or changes. So what are we referring to when speaking about falling out of love?
The following are some things we may feel or we may notice are happening in the relationship:
Lack of emotional connection
Not feeling the same level of intimacy or closeness that you have in before.
Lack of interest in the relationship
Not wanting to spend time with your partner, not enjoying the things you once did together, or feeling bored, empty and unfulfilled in the relationship.
Constant criticism and negative feelings
Focusing on the negative aspects of the relationship and feeling a sense of disappointment or betrayal.
Lack of communication
Not wanting to talk to your partner or avoiding conversations about your feelings and the state of the relationship.
Anxiety & Insecurity
Constantly questioning the state of your relationship and wondering if you're making the right decision.
It's important to remember that “falling out of love” is a natural part of any relationship and it doesn't mean the relationship is over. It's a sign that something needs to change and communication and understanding are the keys to working through it. It's also important to remember that healing takes time, and to be kind and compassionate with yourself during this process.
To work through this, it’s important to know some reasons why couples can lose their intimate connection:
Changing nature of relationships: When a couple first starts dating, everything is new and exciting. The butterflies in your stomach, the regular text messages, and the rush of emotions all contribute to the feeling of being in love. This can usually last for 4 - 30 months and then as time goes on and the relationship becomes more established, the initial excitement begins to fade. This doesn't mean that the love has disappeared however, but rather this is the chance for your love to evolve into a deeper and more stable form.
External Stressors: Life can be unpredictable, and when couples are faced with difficult situations such as financial troubles, job loss, or health problems, it can take a toll on their relationship. It's important to remember that these challenges are temporary and that with the help of your partner and communication, you can work through them together.
Communication: When couples don't communicate effectively, it can lead to misunderstandings and feelings of disconnection. By talking openly and honestly with your partner, you can understand each other's needs and feelings, and work towards a stronger relationship.
Change and growth: As we change and grow, so do our feelings and desires. It's important to be understanding and patient with your partner, and to remember that change is a natural part of any relationship.
To align with these stressors, these tips may help you and your partner cope:
Communication: By talking openly and honestly with your partner about your feelings, you can understand each other and work towards a stronger relationship.
Rekindling the spark: Try to find new ways to reignite the spark and make the relationship fun, passionate and exciting again. This can be as simple as planning a surprise date night or taking a weekend trip together.
Prioritizing the relationship: This can be as simple as setting aside time each week for a date night, or making an effort to be more present and attentive when you're together.
Be open to change: Be open to the possibility that you or your partner’s feelings and needs may change over time. Remember that change is a natural part of any relationship and it can be an opportunity to grow and evolve together.
Therapy: A therapist can help you and your partner understand the underlying issues that may be causing the feelings of falling out of love and provide strategies for improving the relationship.
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The role of Relationship Counseling
When you are “feeling out of love”, it can feel like there is no hope and that the relationship is going to end. However, this does not have to be the case. Relationship counselling can provide couples with the tools and techniques they need to work through their feelings and save the love. It's a safe and confidential space where couples can communicate effectively, reignite the spark, and grow as individuals.
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- Rachel Lewis
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