Intimacy issues are common in marriage. If they go on for too long, it can pose a threat to any relationship. The reality is that intimacy issues are often difficult to address head-on. However, it’s important to handle any disconnect, especially when it’s related to sex and intimacy as these are two areas are crucial for sustaining a healthy relationship. Read on to learn more.
Anxiety and Frustration
A lack of intimacy can lead to anxiety and frustration in a relationship. A loss of affection from a partner can lead one to believe that something is wrong. Without communication, this can intensify with feelings of failure when in reality, it may be for other reasons, such as work stress or depression.
Often times, a lack of intimacy from one partner can trigger another’s insecurities. Going from the honeymoon phase to a complete lack of sex and intimacy can be painful, confusing, and taxing on any relationship. Losing passion can make members in a couple feel as if they’re not wanted, which can have long-lasting effects on their self-confidence.
When passion and intimacy become an afterthought, relationships can start to deteriorate quickly. This shifts a relationship into a state of unbalance that’s triggered by a lack of communication which only works to fuel the fire. Difficult conversations can result in emotional responses that can be very damaging, resulting in blame, anger, and hurt. When a couple stops communicating clearly, they stop respecting each others’ needs and feelings which can lead to unresolved issues and more problems over time.
Being in a relationship that lacks intimacy can feel awful at times, especially when you’re unsure of how to get back that level of passion before it’s too late. Without taking the right steps forward, it can be detrimental to your relationship. If you and your partner are struggling through difficult times, it’s best to talk it out to figure out how you got there and what you can do to improve your situation and get back on track. Remember that you need to work as a team to restore intimacy in your relationship.
If you find that’s hard to do on your own, contact us at the Vaughan Relationship Centre. Our expert counsellors can help you understand why your intimacy issues are occurring and help guide you to work it out together.