Relationships are hard work, even on the best of days. But if you and your significant other have hit a decidedly rough patch, the struggle to strike a healthy compromise can take a toll on both of you. Aside from venting to a trusted family member or confiding in your best friends, how will you know if your marital issues are serious enough to warrant taking a break? As it turns out, there are actually quite a few signs you and your spouse should temporarily separate.
Not too long ago, a friend of mine told me she and her husband were taking the steps towards separation. At first, I was shocked since their social media posts would have you thinking their marriage was nothing short of a Disney fairy tale. However, even the happiest couples can reach a tipping point where being apart is healthier than being together. And if there are kids involved, that decision could benefit the entire family. In the end, realizing what life would look like if this distance was permanent, they worked with a therapist to resolve their issues. Your story may or may not be similar, but it's good to take note of the following signs and see if you and you spouse should and temporarily separate.