Some relationships are worth fighting for; others are better off broken. How do you know if your relationship is worth fighting for? These seven tips will help you see your relationship more clearly and decide if it’s worth the time and energy it’ll take to rebuild your love. I also included three stages of love, so you can see what stage you may be in.
Laurie is The Adventurous Writer who created the "She Blossoms" blog and book family. This Canadian author lives and writes in Vancouver, British Columbia. She wrote Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back; her degrees are in Psychology, Education, and Social Work.
How do you respond when your husband says he doesn’t like the way you dress? Maybe he complains about the style or colors of your clothes. Maybe he says you dress too sexy, or too frumpy, or too young, or too old. Maybe your husband wants you to wear different clothes because he’s concerned what his coworkers or family thinks.
The bad news is that you broke up. Maybe this is even the second or third breakup. But wait, I have good news! Convincing someone to give you a second chance may be easier than you think. A surprising number of breakups aren’t permanent because it is really hard to let go of someone you love (which is good news when you want to convince your ex to come back to you!).
How do you gently and kindly break up with a man who has a disability? The same way you break up with someone who is able-bodied! These tips are inspired by a reader whose boyfriend is in a wheelchair. She loves him, but their relationship isn’t good for her.
“Get revenge in a way that is almost cruel. Forgive them.” Your ex boyfriend hurt you a thousand ways, and all you can think about is how to get revenge. These tips for getting revenge on your ex are inspired by the parable of a princess warrior. She got even with those who hurt her, but she paid a huge price.
An often-asked question from women who love their husbands, but don’t feel the need for much affection or physical interaction: I’m not attracted to my husband physically, but he wants to be closer. Here you’ll find four tips for increasing physical attraction in your marriage and building a stronger, more fulfilling relationship with your husband.
“The heart has reasons that reason cannot know,” is my favorite quote about the heart. “Your heart changes everything” isn’t one of the most popular heart quotes, but it changes how I do everything. And that makes it a truly transformative quote about the heart.
The only thing worse than living without your soulmate is never having met one in the first place. You can’t lose a soulmate you never had. How do you live a good, full, happy life knowing you never met or married your soulmate? You never experienced “soulmate love.”
You don’t have to choose between your relationship and your travel dreams! Leaving your boyfriend or husband at home and traveling alone will increase your self-confidence and improve your relationship. Your partner may not want to or be able to travel with you, but this doesn’t mean you should stay home. You have a world to explore!
When you believe nobody truly loves you, you feel alone, unloved and unwanted. When you allow yourself to dwell on those feelings, you feel even worse about yourself and your life! And the downward spiral begins. These tips will help you cope with feeling like no one loves you.
If you have no income or financial support, you may feel like you’ll be stuck in an unhappy marriage forever. How do you leave your husband when you have no money? These ideas and tips will give you something new to think about. Even if you don’t find an idea that will work for you, you might find support and comfort in the readers’ comments at the end of the article.
Feelings of unworthiness and self hatred are deep wounds that need emotional healing. Women’s circles are the balm, the elixir, the soothing embrace of compassion, of healing and growth. Whether they are women’s healing circles, professional career women’s circles or contemplative prayer groups for women — the companionship and acceptance you find in a circle of like-minded women will change how you see yourself.
Maybe you’re relieved or even glad the relationship is over. But still, you can’t help wanting him to want you! You don’t want to get back together and you wouldn’t take him back even if he tried to reconcile, but still. You just can’t help wishing he wanted you back.
It’s natural to feel depressed after a breakup. You said goodbye to someone you love, perhaps losing the most important relationship in your life. You will never be the same, and neither will your heart. But even though breaking up hurts — and feels so unnatural — there are healthy ways to encourage the healing process.
How do you cope with an “on again off again” love relationship that seems more off than on? Even more important: how do you find peace, stability and joy in a relationship that is filled with uncertainty and confusion?
Discouraging – often painful – setbacks are part of the healing process after a physical illness, injury, or surgery. Overcoming setbacks is a difficult but necessary part of the healing process. It’s the same with healing a broken heart after a loss; the setbacks are inevitable…but healing is still happening despite the paint.
Recovering from the emotional, mental and physical shock of breaking up is hard. Even if your relationship was troubled – and you suspected it was ending – you just don’t bounce back from such a big loss in your life! The shock of a sudden breakup hits hard…even when you knew the relationship wasn’t healthy and you were thinking of leaving.
This breakup advice is a refreshing change from my usual Blossom Tips for women! A divorced dad left this advice on one of my articles about wives cheating. He shared what helped him heal after his marriage ended; in this article I share the best of his breakup tips for guys.
Why does he only want to be friends when you know you’d be great together as a couple? Your relationship is easy and fun, you laugh and talk, your friends agree you were meant to be together, everything is perfect…of course you want more than friendship!
Getting over him feels impossible because a breakup changes you. Breakups are especially painful when you want him back but can’t have him. But you WILL heal, grow forward, and even blossom into who God created you to be…especially if you let yourself slowly and completely get over him.
These 10 ways to help a husband who drinks too much are partly based on my work in a residential recovery program with men who are alcoholics and drug addicts. I was also inspired to write this article by a reader, who is searching for ways to cope with her alcoholic husband.
How do you tell your ex you miss him more than you thought possible? First, make sure you should tell him how much you miss him. After a breakup it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing you belong together.
Your relationship isn’t working out, but you’re worried about what your boyfriend might do if you break up with him. Breaking up is always hard – but it’s even worse when you feel anxious or scared of how your boyfriend will respond.
Are you dreading your birthday? Maybe you broke up with someone you love and you’re wondering how to survive the heartache. Having a happy birthday after a breakup seems impossible….but what if you can be happier on your birthday?
Whether or not you broke up with your boyfriend because of money, you may not be prepared for the financial stress a breakup brings. Maybe you loaned your boyfriend money and he hasn’t repaid you. Maybe you owe your husband money for college tuition, credit card payments, mortgage payments, child support or alimony.
He tells you he loves you, yet you feel anxious and insecure. How do you overcome insecurity in a relationship with someone you love — and may even be married to? These five things to remember will help you feel more secure and grounded in your relationship.
Maybe you want to move in with your boyfriend, or borrow his dog for a jog. Maybe you want to ask your boyfriend to marry you, or to move his junk out of your apartment. How do you ask your boyfriend for what you want? It’s not easy to express your desires, say what you need, or ask for help…especially to a guy you love and want to be loved by.
These five “core needs” will help you get through a breakup — even if you’ve been sad and miserable for months. You may already have done the most important thing, which is to simply say “I need help getting through this breakup.” Admitting that you need help, you need something different or better to help you through a breakup, is called the first step for a reason.
Feeling numb after the death of someone you love is a natural, healthy part of the grieving process. The shock protects you from the cliff of insanity and helps you cope with daily life. But what if you feel like you’ll never feel normal again? These ideas for healing emotional numbness will help you through the grieving process.
When a relationship ends – especially after a man unexpectedly leaves – how do you stop feeling sorry for yourself? You don’t want to struggle with self-pity for months or even years after a breakup…and yet you can’t change your feelings.