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3. Be cautious of your other relationships.

When we start to feel less connected to our spouse, it is tempting to try and cultivate a closer connection with a friend or coworker to replace the closeness that we should only share with our partner. Please be aware of this! I have seen too many spouses end up in emotional or physical affairs or even codependent, unhealthy friendships simply because they are lonely and feeling a disconnection with their spouse. We need to lean into our spouses during this time, more than any other. We can’t expect something or someone else to replace the intimacy we need to have with him/her. Turning to other relationships for, what should be, spousal closeness only leads to terrible decisions and situations that we NEVER thought we could find ourselves in, and the consequences are heartbreaking.

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