Money issues and infidelity are two of the most common problems that can put a incredible strain on most relationships or marriages. Money problems seem to creep up when there isn’t enough money to pay the bills, or if one or the other is spending too much. Cheating or infidelity is the kiss of death to many relationships. While the partner who was cheated on can forgive, it may be hard to regain his or her trust.
What do you do when your relationship is on the rocks? First of all, you should realize that every relationship has its ups and downs and that the true test of the strength of a relationship or a marriage is how well you handle the difficulties. Remember, it takes two to tango, so to survive all the challenges that your relationship must face, you and your partner should work as a team. Marriages and relationships is not a one sided deal.
Healthy communication is vital if you want your relationship to survive. Screaming won’t solve any problem, so try to avoid this part. Learn to listen to each other and to not judge until you have understood everything that your partner has to say. Know how to manage conflict. Put your pride aside and don’t play the blame game. Be more rational than emotional.
The right balance between giving and taking is crucial to a relationship. While you will never strike a perfect balance between giving and taking, you can always get as close as you can to a 50-50. Both of you should do your best to be unselfish and attention to each other’s needs. Never be stingy with praise and support or else your partner would have to look elsewhere to get the support he or she needs.
Learn how to distinguish between needs and wants. A need is something you need to survive and to stay healthy. A want is just something that would be nice to have. If the budget is tight, you must learn to do without your wants. You can always figure out how you can better your financial situation so you can also take care of your wants, but for the meantime, live within your means.