2. You Don’t Prioritize “Couple Time”
In the beginning of a relationship, dates nights and spending a lot of time together is seemingly effortless. But when you’re in an established relationship, couple time can become less of a priority. “If you have kids, for instance, they become your entire world,” Powell says. “When you give so much emotionally to your children and don’t have anything left for your partner,” it may not be a good sign. This isn’t just limited to couples who have children. You may start prioritizing work, hobbies, friends or responsibilities to your family. In order to prevent this from hurting your relationship, be sure to make time for your partner. Set date nights regularly in order to stay connected.
3. You’ve Started Living Separate Lives
Weekly or even biweekly nights out together can help bridge any communication gaps between you and your partner throughout the week. When you don’t prioritize communication in your relationship, Powell says it can feel like you and your partner live separate lives. If you’ve come to the point where you don’t know anything about their stresses and joys, and neither person checks in with the other, she says you might end up feeling like friends instead of partners.
If this is the case, Caleb Backe, Health and Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics, you need to work on building intimacy. “Make time for each other, speak with each other, and express your needs as they present themselves,” Backe says. “Don’t count on anything to suddenly bring you closer together. Make it happen for you, and initiate change when you can.” It’s all about actively participating in your relationship and making changes as you go, not when it becomes a huge problem.