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If you thought that relationships were a smooth ride, you might already know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are more couples breaking up than staying together, and there is a reason for that. Our stressful lifestyle and fast paced way of living puts a lot of pressure on relationships. All is not lost, though. You can work on your habits and learn to recognize the signs of developing problems, so you can deal with the issues on time. Find out more below.

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Being Too Busy to Listen

We are all guilty of not listening to our partner sometimes. Whether you are too tired or are dealing with your own problems, it should not be an excuse. Instead of ignoring their needs, you should pay attention to what is going on in their lives. Asking questions instead of letting out the steam straight after you have arrived home is a good idea. Take a break from your busy thoughts, don’t be too preoccupied to put down your phone and laptop and sit down for a family dinner.

Children’s Behavior

Some relationships also break up because of the children’s behavior. No matter if you have a child with specific emotional needs or disability, or you are dealing with teenage behavior issues, your relationship will suffer, especially if you are not working toward the same goal and share the same values. It is always best to sit down and discuss your approach. The problem can get even worse if you have blended two families together and your children don’t accept the relationship and are trying to break you up. It is crucial that you notice this type of behavior and

Looking After Older Relatives

If you have to manage running your own family, working, and looking after an older relative, you might be lacking sleep and become more irritable. There are certain conditions that take a lot out of the Person caring for others. It might be a good idea to start looking for help in day care centers and seek local Dementia Support  for people who are struggling with independent living. You cannot do it all, and sooner or later you will realize that your other relationships are suffering.

Time Management

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It might also be a good idea to manage your time better and educate yourself on how to multitask or delegate. If you have older kids or teenagers, there is no reason why they could not help out more around the house. You could get them to separate the laundry, even do the washing, or prepare salad for dinner. Simple things that you don’t have to do will take a lot of weight off your shoulders, and you will have more time to connect with your partner.

Money Problems

One of the main problems that causes friction in relationships is money. If you don’t share the same values and principles when it comes to money management, your relationship will cause you stress instead of joy. You should agree on basic rules and be transparent when it comes to credit and spending, so you can row your boat in the same direction.

Lack of Reciprocity

If you feel being used in a relationship, the main problem might be the lack of reciprocity. If there are a lot of things expected of you, and there is nothing you get back, you will stop caring and start asking yourself whether or not you deserve more. You will need to make it clear that you are equal and should take part in every activity, including planning, earning money, raising the kids, and other things. If you end up doing everything, you can risk making your partner too comfortable, even lazy.

Work Addiction

Many people spend their young years chasing money, climbing the career ladder, and the other half trying to repair the damage. Your health (mental and physical) should be as important as your career goals, and if you find yourself thinking about what has gone on in the office during the day when you go to bed, you seriously have to rethink your priorities. If you burn out, you will be less likely to progress your career and become successful.

Today’s stressful life poses a huge risk on relationships. It is your responsibility as an adult to learn to spot the signs of things going in the wrong direction, so you can prevent breakups and keep your family together, creating shared values and goals.

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