7 signs your unhappy relationship is more than just a phase

In the world we exist in, temporary discomforts often mean very little.

Your long-term feelings do, though.

It’s understandable.

We’re navigating an era of fleeting feelings and momentary misunderstandings, so it seems logical to judge the health of a relationship based on enduring emotions rather than transient troubles.

But let’s stretch this idea further.

What matters even more than your feelings are the consistent patterns that occur in your relationship.

This suggests that temporary problems do matter, but only if they develop into persistent patterns that hinder your happiness and emotional well-being.

In the following sections, I’ve outlined eight signs that your unhappy relationship may be more than just a temporary phase.

1) You feel consistently unhappy

Consider your emotions right now.

Are they fleeting, or have they become a constant companion?

The heart, after all, beats with regularity, and so do our feelings, if we pay close enough attention.

It’s fundamental to accept that if you’re consistently feeling unhappy in your relationship, it’s not just a phase.

You’re experiencing a pattern.

It’s crucial to let go of the illusion that comes from believing your feelings are just temporary.

They may not be.

Your emotions are real, and they are most powerful when they persist over time. 

If you can stop convincing yourself that it’s just a phase and start acknowledging your feelings, the reality of your relationship will become apparent.

You won’t need to try so hard to convince yourself otherwise.

You will be able to relinquish the illusion of temporary unhappiness.

2) Disagreements are unending

Disagreements can change how you see things.

I learned from relationship experts that just trying to meet halfway or compromise isn’t always the best answer.

The real change happens when you stop fighting and start listening.

If you really pay attention to how your partner feels and what they say, without cutting them off or getting defensive, you begin to understand them better.

This doesn’t make you weak.

It actually helps you grow in empathy and awareness.

Usually, in arguments, we want to win, which is our ego talking.

But being a good listener is the real way to be strong.

Now, when I have arguments, big or small, I try to understand more instead of just trying to win.

3) You feel alone even when you’re together

This was a challenging one for me to grasp.

“Feeling loved” came from the belief that my partner was the source of my happiness.

But the reality is that my feelings of loneliness were already present, even in my partner’s presence.

Let me clarify.

Think about your relationship right now.

Your partner is there, but you still feel alone. The conversations happen automatically. Your shared activities are carried out without joy.

While reading these words, you’ve probably reflected on moments of loneliness in your relationship.

If you’re going to be in a relationship, it’s fundamental to understand that feeling alone isn’t normal.

You’re experiencing detachment.

It’s crucial to let go of the illusion of companionship that comes from simply being in a relationship.

It doesn’t.

Your emotional connection does, and it is most powerful when it happens naturally.

When you feel genuinely connected.

If you can stop convincing yourself that you’re not alone and start acknowledging your feelings of loneliness, the reality of your relationship will become apparent.

4) Your communication has dwindled

I started this piece by focusing on sustained feelings and patterns.

The reality is, these feelings and patterns also dictate how we communicate in our relationships.

Consider your own situation.

You may find yourself engrossed in your personal concerns. You become obsessed with your individual thoughts and emotions.

Your intentions are likely good.

You probably believe that your relationship has the potential to be a positive force in your life.

But when you get so engrossed, you can slip into the habit of thinking your personal concerns are more important than your partner’s.

You can lose touch with them.

You become silent and are probably not such an engaging person to be around.

If you judged your relationship by your intentions, you wouldn’t question this behavior.

Instead, because we’re focusing on the patterns, you are more likely to reflect on your actions and change the way you communicate.

It’s time to break free from your world and appreciate your partner in your life.

How you communicate with your partner is what matters, not the intentions that guide your behavior.

5) You feel stuck in a routine

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In my past relationship, we had a routine, a rhythm that we followed day in, day out.

Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, sleep and repeat.

It was comfortable and familiar.

It was also numbing and unfulfilling.

The routine in itself wasn’t the issue.

The problem was that it felt like we were both just going through the motions.

We would spend time together, but it felt like we were more like roommates than partners.

The excitement and passion that once made our relationship vibrant and fulfilling had faded into a dull monotony.

I kept telling myself that this was just a phase.

That every relationship has its ups and downs, and this was just our down.

But deep down inside, I knew something wasn’t right.

It took me a while to accept it, but eventually I realized that feeling stuck in a routine was more than just a phase.

It was a sign that our relationship had lost its spark and needed serious attention.

Feeling stuck in a routine is not normal.

It’s an indication that something is missing in your relationship. 

6) You’ve stopped making future plans

Couples in a healthy and happy relationship are often found planning their future together.

They have shared dreams and set mutual goals.

They see a future with each other and work together to make it a reality.

This observation nudges us to reflect on our relationship, to understand where it’s heading, and to honor the mutual vision we once shared.

For those feeling stagnant, reconnecting with these future plans can reignite the passion.

It’s a reminder that a relationship is part of a larger journey, a continuum that stretches forward into shared experiences and memories yet to be made.

Revisiting your future plans encourages us to see our relationship as part of a larger narrative and can provide a sense of purpose and direction.

7) You’re content with being unhappy

It’s a strange paradox, but sometimes, we find ourselves accepting unhappiness as the norm.

We convince ourselves that it’s better to be unhappy but secure, rather than risking the unknown.

The fear of change and the discomfort of uncertainty can make us cling to an unhappy relationship.

In recognizing our willingness to settle for unhappiness, we confront the truth of our emotional state.

This admission might seem disheartening at first, but it serves as a crucial step in acknowledging the need for change.

For those feeling trapped, this realization can be liberating.

It’s a sign that you value your emotional wellbeing enough to confront the painful reality.

It paves the way for self-growth and opens up the possibility of seeking happiness elsewhere or working towards improving your current relationship.

Accepting unhappiness is not a dead-end, but rather a crossroad.

It’s an opportunity to choose a path towards genuine happiness and fulfillment.

It could be a life lesson

The complexities of human emotions and relationships often have profound correlations with our personal growth.

One such correlation is the relationship between enduring unhappiness and the invaluable lessons it imparts.

These lessons, although harsh, play a vital role in shaping our emotional intelligence and resilience.

For those in an unhappy relationship, each sign of discomfort may be a key factor inducing a much-needed realization.

Each sign could potentially induce a sense of self-awareness and self-improvement while navigating through the relationship.

Whether it’s acknowledging consistent unhappiness, communicating less, feeling alone, or accepting unhappiness, these signs are not just mere indicators of a troubling phase.

They are valuable life lessons enhancing our understanding of love, companionship, and emotional health.

Remember, recognizing these signs goes beyond the realm of resolving relationship issues.

It’s about understanding oneself better, about learning to prioritize emotional well-being, and about growing as an individual.

In this journey of self-discovery and improvement, every experience counts.

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Dania Aziz

A spirited lifestyle and love advocate, who loves to explore the two to help herself and others discover what they are really searching for.

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