When you feel like the spark is fading in your relationship, it can be a jarring experience. Maybe you have been noticing a steady decline in closeness with your partner. Or perhaps there was a traumatising event that split the two of you apart. Either way, it’s quite upsetting to feel like the love you shared is slowly slipping away.
Whatever the reasons are, there are some steps you can take to help rekindle the spark in your relationship. In this article, we’ll share some of the common factors that can cause partners to drift apart and offer some helpful tips if you find yourself in any of these scenarios.
It’s important to keep in mind that this advice should not be used as an alternative to medical help. Instead, we hope these suggestions allow you to recognise that you aren’t alone in how you’re feeling and empower you to reach out to a medical professional if you need to.
During the course of a long-term relationship, it’s common for partners to feel like they’re growing apart. But if you think that you’re experiencing more than just typical ebbs and flows of a relationship, it might be due to one of the following factors.
When you’ve been together for years or even decades, you and your partner will have established a routine that probably doesn’t change a whole lot. You might be cooking the same meals each week, having the same conversations on a regular basis, or watching the same television shows each night.
Regardless, boredom with your routine can lead to restlessness in your relationship. To combat this, set yourself a goal to try one new thing with your partner every week, fortnight, or month (depending on how busy you are). Even if it’s something small like trying a new restaurant or watching a new film together, you’d be surprised how much it can shake up your routine and add a bit more excitement into your life.
Similarly, long-term partners usually have designated roles within their relationship. One person might do the dishes each night, while the other one drives the kids to school every morning. However you’ve chosen to split up the day-to-day tasks in your family, it’s important to feel like your contribution is being appreciated by your partner.
If you feel like it isn’t, it can lead to a serious rift between the two of you — especially if you don’t express your feelings about the subject. Unspoken resentment can create a great deal of friction in a relationship, even if you feel like you’re hiding it well.
Even if you’ve held the same responsibilities within your relationship for years, be sure to communicate with your partner if you feel like your contributions aren’t being acknowledged. At the same time, remember to thank your partner for what they do to keep your household running too. Either in words or with a small gift, let them know that you appreciate them and that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
There are many reasons that could cause you and your partner to quarrel often, including either of the above scenarios. While occasional back-and-forth is normal, it’s quite another thing if you’re arguing almost all of the time. Similarly, if one of you frequently picks fights on purpose, there could be deeper problems at play.
If you can’t seem to stop fighting with one another, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or counsellor. Under the guidance of a licenced medical professional, you can begin to understand why you’re constantly arguing and get practical advice on how to improve the situation.
Finally, sexual dissatisfaction is another common reason that couples no longer feel as close to each other as they used to. Sometimes, this can be the result of boredom in the bedroom. In these instances, you might find it beneficial to try something new sexually or head out on a romantic getaway.
But in other cases, the issues in your sex life could be caused by medical conditions like premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction. Although it’s not openly discussed, both of these forms of sexual dysfunction are common among men of all ages. In fact, erectile dysfunction (or ED) affects an estimated 30% of the total male population.
If you think you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, the best step to take is to ask for help. These days, you don’t even need to visit your GP or schedule an in-person appointment to get a diagnosis for sexual dysfunction. Instead, you can organise a virtual consultation with an online medical clinic like Men’s Health Direct to get clarity on your situation and determine the best treatment plan for your needs.
With Men’s Health Direct, you can request an online appointment with one of our Australian licenced physicians to receive a diagnosis regarding your sexual health problems. When you schedule a phone consultation with our team, you will be asked about your current symptoms and relevant medical history. From there, you can chat with one of our doctors about your condition and learn about your path to wellness.
Once you’ve received your diagnosis, our registered pharmacists will put together your customised treatment plan. The Men’s Health Direct pharmacy team will package up your prescriptions and ship them in a discreet box, directly to your front door. As you go through treatment, your doctor is available to discuss your progress and shift your medications as needed.
To learn more about Men’s Health Direct, contact us today by calling 1800 200 500 or visit our site to schedule a confidential consultation. Our medical support staff are available around the clock to answer your questions and help you reignite the spark in your love life.