5 Best Practices for Beating the Marriage Blues

BY: - 12 Mar '15 | Communication

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Into every life a little rain must fall. We know life continues to bring a series of ups and downs. We’re often in and out of our season. It’s a reality we all must be willing to accept. Marriage isn’t any different. There will be excellent days. You know the ones where your spouse can do no wrong and you are just really feeling him/her. Then there will be those moments where the sight of him/her drives you crazy. Moments when you just aren’t feeling your spouse or your marriage.

The truth is, in marriage, folks make mistakes, they cause disappointment, frustration and anger. It doesn’t always feel like a happily ever after. Most couples have unfortunately experienced the marriage blues. Those blues can occur at any stage of marriage. Newlywed as well as seasoned married folks have had to navigate through the off season of marriage. The key is not avoiding it, but figuring out how to survive it.

Below are 5 best practices for beating the marriage blues:

Be honest

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Be honest about the fact that your marriage is actually experiencing the blues. The only way to begin to work on any challenge is to first admit it exists. Share your feelings with your spouse. If you’ve noticed it, more than likely, so has your partner. Not discussing it only causes it to build and explode.

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Tiya Cunningham-Sumter wrote 630 articles on this blog.

Tiya Cunningham-Sumter is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, founder of Life Editing and Author of A Conversation Piece: 32 Bold Relationship Lessons for Discussing Marriage, Sex and Conflict Available on Amazon . She helps couples and individuals rewrite their life to reflect their dreams. Tiya has been featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines, and named one of the top blogs to read now by Refinery29. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. To find out more about Tiya, and her coaching, visit www.thelifeandlovecoach.com and www.theboldersister.com.

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Know Your Limits: How Long Are You Going to Allow Your Mate to Disrespect You?

BY: - 12 Mar '15 | Communication

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Several of my clients have come to me with circumstances that have a consistent theme:  Their man is a guy who has a value system which is blatantly disrespectful to women and they allow their self-respect to be tested repeatedly by these guys.  If a person is disrespectful toward you, that is definitely a problem within the offender. When you allow the disrespect to continue consciously, when does the problem become more a reflection of your self-respect than it does of the offender’s values?

Mistreatment

No one deserves mistreatment.  If a man is disrespectful toward a woman or vice-versa, either way it is wrong.  The bigger picture is mistreatment is unacceptable.  Men and women both sometimes suffer from being victimized by mistreatment and feeling as though they can fix the other party.  The truth is no one can get help who doesn’t want help.  Allowing someone to mistreat you is not helping them.  Waiting on them to “do right” is not helping them.

The best thing you can do to help someone who continuously treats you less than with the utmost respect and dignity, is to hold them to your value system of respect and dignity or they don’t deserve to be in your life.  Some of these people will try to manipulate you, to be who they want to you to be.  Often, they may say what they believe you want to hear; whatever is necessary to get back in your life.  Do not allow this to happen.

If someone is mistreating you, unless they come back to you with a contrite heart and a change in how they value you and respect you (without trying to manipulate you), they are not ready to respect you and value you—and you should respect their values (or lack thereof) enough to realize they don’t match yours.

Value System

Each and every one of us have values.  Most of our values are developed at a young age and refined throughout our lives.  The challenge I hear so often is a couple’s values don’t align.  If two people’s value systems do not align, their lives, goals, dreams and ambitions are not going to align either.  It’s ok for your value system to not align but your relationship will be challenged to say the least.

It’s imperative to understand if your values don’t align, your lives won’t align and you will find yourself fighting for your beliefs and in some cases your self-respect and dignity quite often.  For example, if a man grew up watching his dad cheat on his mom, and he does it, but his mate grew up in a two-parent home where infidelity was not an issue, this is pointing toward a likely value system that doesn’t align.

Every man who saw cheating doesn’t cheat, but for the sake of this article, let’s assume this man cheats on his mate and she finds out.  Not only is she heartbroken, but it will be totally against her value system, because she didn’t see it growing up and it’s not what she expected from her committed relationship.  She won’t understand the transgression the same as a woman who might have dealt with it earlier in life.

Before you walk down the aisle, take time to find out if your values align.  Values will reflect in the character of your mate and if your mate’s character doesn’t meet your standard, it’s better to find out before the wedding and take the steps necessary to find someone who aligns with your values.

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Jay Hurt wrote 85 articles on this blog.

Jay Hurt is a Relationship Coach, columnist and author of the book, The 9 Tenets of a Successful Relationship (http://9tenetsonline.com/about-the-book ). Jay’s focus is working with people who want to design better relationships and get more out of life!

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