According to Talkspace, romantic and platonic relationships, emotional connection, and physical intimacy can help satisfy a human being’s need for interdependence. But this does not negate the fact that there are many people in relationships who are still grappling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Talkspace has devised a four-step path people can follow to deal with feelings of loneliness in their relationships.
- Recognize the Loss of Connection
Many romantic relationships begin with burning feelings of desire and passion. But these feelings can slowly die down, resulting in sexual frustration, a lack of emotional intimacy, and even resentment. It can also result in infidelity, which can cause further damage to an already unhealthy relationship dynamic. It is vital that individuals recognize when there is a loss of connection in their relationship. Doing so will help them come to terms with the reality that their relationship is in need of repair.
- Articulate the Existence of a Problem
Talkspace asserts that in order for flawed romantic partnerships to heal and for couples to reconcile, all parties in the relationship need to accept and articulate the existence of a problem. The best way for them to do this is through open and honest communication. It is worth noting that when couples discuss the issues in their relationship, there may arise many uncomfortable, painful, and awkward moments. Nevertheless, if couples are committed to repairing their relationship, they must approach each conversation they have with compassion and kindness.
- Create End Goals
After addressing the problems within their relationship, couples need to create end goals that are realistic and take into account the needs of all parties involved. One end goal may be to make certain changes in their modes and methods of communication so that all parties feel seen and heard. Another end goal may be to explore alternative aspects of sexuality and physical intimacy; doing this may help couples reignite the spark that once existed in their relationship. Couples should note that there is always the possibility that the best end goal for them is to separate amicably, especially if their needs cannot be met.
- Devise a Plan
Whether a couple chooses to stay together and work on their relationship or go their separate ways, they should devise a plan so that their issues are worked out in a systematic manner. When devising a plan, it may help to use information from self-help books or seek the guidance of certified sex therapists. Note that certified sex therapists can help couples deal with issues related to sexual feelings and physical function. It may be best for married couples to seek the assistance of marriage counselors. Marriage counselors can provide married couples with the tools and resources they need to communicate effectively, come up with useful solutions, and execute those solutions in a reasonable manner. Ultimately, every couple’s plan will look different, and it is best for couples to decide what they want to manifest as they work on the issues in their relationship.