A marriage can be a lonely place. It is reported by Psychology Today that nearly 63% of people who said they were lonely were married.
Some people might be shocked to find out you can be with someone and still feel isolated in a marriage.
Living with someone but sharing little-to-no connection is a recipe for a lonely marriage.
While no one’s definition of lonely is the same, prolonged periods of feeling lonely in your relationship can cause real long-term damage.
Despite feeling alone, you don’t have to navigate these feelings alone.
Experts widely agree simply sharing a living arrangement with someone isn’t the cure for being lonely…. connection is.
The most common type of loneliness within a marriage is caused by changes such as having a baby, changes in work schedules, new hobbies, or a lack in common interests.
This can leave one spouse feeling neglected and rejected.
So what to do if you are feeling lonely in your marriage?
Get to the root of loneliness. Loneliness is an internal issue.
If you have an anxious or avoidant attachment style, a feeling of loneliness may be activated when your spouse has less time for you because of a career change, new hobbies, or caring for sick parents. This change will intensify the feeling of loneliness within you.
An anxiously attached person craves connection and closeness and feels triggered if their spouse is pulling away.
Meanwhile, a person with an avoidant attachment style may self-sabotage and protect themselves from the possibility of being hurt by their partner’s busy schedule by isolating themselves.
So what do you do if you feel lonely in your marriage? The next steps include opening up a loving conversation about your desire to create more connection and emotional intimacy with your partner.
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