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  • Writer's pictureLaura Amador

What to Understand (and Do) To Fix A Lonely Marriage


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What does a lonely marriage look like?


I remember sitting on the far end of the couch looking over at my husband playing video games. There were only a few inches between us, but it might as well have been a hundred miles. I would wonder what I could do or say to close the gap so I could stop feeling so lonely. It was really painful.


When we marry, we do so with the hope that we will enjoy life alongside this wonderful person. Years later, when we end up asking ourselves how this person has become a stranger, it is very painful and can feel hopeless.


If you were to press your nose up against the window of a lonely marriage, you would see two people living parallel lives that never seem to meet at any deeper level. They are strangers. Interactions are superficial. Neither feel seen or appreciated in the relationship and the environment is cold and distant.


Living in a lonely marriage?


As social beings, we are designed to crave the approval and acceptance of others. We care deeply about how we are seen by those around us, most especially our partners. Being in a lonely marriage often feels like a rejection of who we are by the person who is supposed to know us best of all. This can be very damaging to our feelings of self worth and self confidence. It can even lead to anxiety and depression.


Loneliness in marriage is unfortunately very common. Most of us have no clue how to cure a lonely marriage and oftentimes leaving seems like the only solution. However, it is possible to reconnect with your partner, even if you’re the only one that seems to care and is willing to do anything about it.


Why you feel lonely in your marriage


Loneliness in a marriage actually has little to do with how much time a couple spends together. I have known of countless couples that live apart for long spurs of time due to military, work travel, or other reasons. They miss each other during times apart, but that’s different from being truly lonely in a marriage.


We feel lonely when we feel unseen, unappreciated, and disconnected from our partners. If we feel accepted, loved, and appreciated, we can thrive even despite opposite schedules or prolonged time apart.


How To Fix A Lonely Marriage


Conventional wisdom often tells us that when our needs are not being met in our relationship, we need to tell our partner how we feel and what they should do to fix it. The problem with this approach is that it often just doesn’t work. At least it never worked for me or any of the women I’ve spoken to.


I remember telling my husband I felt lonely and that I needed him to spend more time with me and less time with his video games. The result was that he would stop playing for a couple of days. Our interactions felt forced and unnatural and then we would be back to our usual disconnection within just a few days.


What Actually Works To Fix A Lonely Marriage


It can be really easy to see everything our partner is doing wrong. I invite you to ask yourself if there is anything on your side that may need to be cleaned up. I know for me, I found that I had unwittingly been controlling, critical, and disrespectful for years. When I became accountable for that, apologized and changed my ways, I felt much better. It also opened up the door to restore the connection with my husband that had been lost long ago.


Take The Reigns Of Your Joy


I had spent so much time and energy analyzing and measuring everything my husband was or wasn't doing. This meant I was abandoning a very important job of mine- making myself happy. No wonder I was miserable! When I took ownership of that responsibility and started to really nurture myself, the joy I felt radiated from me and warmed the space between my husband and I. My happiness was what melted the ice between us. As I became a thriving woman, he started to respond to me in a much more positive way. The better care I take of myself, the more passionate and connected my marriage is.


Vulnerability


Another thing that actually works to create connection is vulnerability. When we feel hurt, our first instinct is to respond defensively. However, this usually repels our partner. Instead, we can be vulnerable by saying “I miss you”. The key here is that the “I miss you” has to come from a place of self fulfillment. There is a big difference between an “I miss you” when you are feeling emotionally well after taking good care of yourself and an “I miss you” after being overwhelmed with sadness. One is deterring while the other is inviting.


Is it normal to be lonely while married? Is it ok?


If you feel lonely in your marriage, know that you're not alone. I'm sorry for the heartbreak I know that causes, and I want you to know that there is hope. I, along with many other women, have been able to restore the connection in our marriage to make it vibrant again, and you can too. Life is too short and too precious to suffer in a lonely marriage. You deserve to have love, connection, and fun in your life.


Xo, Laura Amador


PS. If you haven't already, click the link to get the FREE guide: 5 Steps to Reignite Connection In Your Marriage

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