All relationships go through ups and downs. If we are fortunate enough (and benefit from things like a supportive community, a mindfulness practice, or other stabilizing strategies), we can experience this ebb and flow with some level of comfort. But sometimes we get stuck in a down flow. You may notice there is less sexual chemistry or desire or that the time you spend together is not as enjoyable. You might bicker more or feel irritated by your partner’s every move. Or perhaps your relationship just feels meh…nothing special or exciting. If any of this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing relationship burnout.
It’s time to put away the holiday decor. New Year’s Day—with all its excitement and newness—is over. All you have stretching out in front of you now is…winter. Not the merry/exciting holiday winter—just plain old January and February winter. This period of time can feel dreary and low for many people,but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three ways to beat the winter “blahs” that can help you to embrace, rather than brace against, this season.