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5 Common Relationship Struggles

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These 5 common relationship struggles and problems are likely to impact your relationship at some point in life.

One of the best experiences in life is having a partner to spend it with. However, relationships are tough and take a lot of work to make sure both members are happy and healthy. When we look at our family and friend's relationships, it can be easy to think everyone else has the perfect struggle-free relationship and compare our own to theirs. All of us experience relationship struggles, though, but we don't often talk about it. Check out 5 common relationship struggles below, along with information about a new TV show that's all about repairing troubled relationships. 5 Common Relationship Struggles 1. Lack of Support or Clear Communication - You love your partner so much. But it can be so frustrating to feel like you're not being supported in your own life decisions. Or maybe you feel like you're not being heard or understood. You feel like you're being left in the dark because your partner isn't communicating like you'd prefer. So many times this can go on for years and instead of being resolved, it leads to resentment.

2. Unrealistic Expectations of Your Partner - We've all had that friend that makes up these grand lists of expectations and qualities that their lifelong partner must have and they just will not settle at all until they find that person. However, once you've been around the relationship ring a few times, you know that no one is going to perfectly match your expectations, and that you're probably not going to perfectly match your partners expectations, either. Even when we know this, it can be easy to slip into expecting certain things from your partner that become unrealistic overtime due to career or other family demands.

3. Trust Issues - Whether we like to admit it or not, trust is a big issue for many of us. Some of us have grown up in families where trust issues arose and made us cautious in our own relationships. Maybe one of our first real relationships had trust broken that jaded us for the future. Sometimes our current partner does something that makes us question our trust in them. As they say, it takes years to build trust and only seconds to break it.

4. The Passion is Starting to Fade - We all love that initial passion we feel when falling and first being in love. You feel like all you can do is think about your partner and like you want to spend every second of every day with them. But after a while, the passion may start to fade and the demands of other parts of your life start setting in. It can be a challenge to find new passion in a long-term relationship.

5. Life Changing Events - When we commit to relationships, I think we all have dreams of living happily ever after. However, having a good relationship is a lot of hard never-ending work. It can be even tougher when living through life changing events. There are good events like having children or having to make a cross-country move for a great new job. But there can be negative events too like unexpected illnesses, losing jobs or natural disasters. Whether good or bad, life changing events can certainly put a strain on the strongest of relationships.

These 5 common relationship struggles can impact a relationship before you even realize it. At that point, it can be difficult to find a way to repair the relationship on your own. That's why I love that there is a new TV show called Sex Box that's aimed at helping couples repair their relationship problems. Dr. Chris Donaghue, Dr. Fran Walfish and Dr. Yvonne Capehart will all be offering real advice that is designed to change lives every Friday at 10/9c PM on WEtv. Three couples from various backgrounds will bring their relationship concerns to the doctors each week. 

You might be wondering why exactly the show is called Sex Box. I actually think it is rather clever because there is literally a sex box/room on the show. It's sound-proof with no cameras and completely private, so nothing graphic is shown on TV. In the box, the couple will be intimate and then afterwards immediately be on set to talk to the doctors. Why on earth would anyone think to do this? It's actually a scientifically proven concept that in the first 15 minutes after being intimate, the body is flooded with oxytocin and endorphins, which make people really open up and be honest so they can really get to the root of their relationship issues.

Here's a trailer of the show to check out. Will you be watching tonight?

Which of these 5 Common Relationship Struggles has your relationship weathered?

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