The best way to avoid an obstacle in the road is to recognize it in advance. That said, here are three potential partnership challenges and some ways to survive them. The Tragedy ContinuesThe world is in chaos. And, unfortunately, your partnership doesn't have a magic forcefield against the emotional strain of war and loss. Though everyone reacts differently, you may have already noticed changes in your significant other. Some people need more support, comfort and affection. Others need a little space to process the situation and channel their feelings. Make it a priority to effectively communicate with your partner about how you can best meet each other's needs in the current environment. The Economy Is Depressing Financial issues are the number 1 cause of divorce and separation in America. Given the current state of the economy, your partnership's financial situation may also see drastic changes. But don't ignore money matters -- they won't just go away. The key is to tackle these issues with knowledge, dignity and a focus on communication and mutual decision making. Set aside time to talk seriously about your funds. Together, make educated decisions about spending and saving. Be smart, not sentimental. If funds are tight, plan activities that are inexpensive, and focus on enjoying each other's company instead of fretting over the lifestyle change. Adjust, adapt and communicate every step of the way.
Is It a Holiday or a Horror?
While it is supposed to be a time of celebration and unity, the holiday season seems to increase the strain on a relationship. Schedules are often overwhelmed with parties and family events. To-do lists become longer with gifts to buy, trees to trim and cards to send. Somehow those family members and in-laws you hide from all year are suddenly around way too much.
Redefine your holiday experience to make it beneficial and don't feel pressured to live up to any standards for what is or is not acceptable during this time of year. Take time to talk with your sweetie about what events you want to attend, what you can afford financially in regard to gifts, and how you will deal with difficult family members. Divide responsibilities so neither of you feels overwhelmed. Be creative in strengthening your connection during this season of celebration -- shop or make gifts together -- and make a commitment to reserving quality time for the two of you to be alone.
Source: Relationships & Love