With the right tools, you can survive a marriage in crisis.

How to Survive a Marriage in Crisis

by Lucy Hart

Although many people strive to get married, they may lack the strength to survive the impending ups and downs of marriage. Requiring a great deal of time and effort, marriage is a relationship that is constantly evolving. Throughout marriage, spouses often experience moments of crises including sudden loss, illness, financial trouble and family stress. Despite these life challenges, there are numerous methods that can help couples survive a marriage that is in crisis.

1. Enjoy Each Day

Make it a point to enjoy each moment you have with your spouse. Both spouses will experience times of uncertainty and fear, but continue to appreciate where you are at during different points of your life together. You may not always know what your next career move will be or whether achieving your dreams will become a reality. Therefore, choose to be content with where you are and anticipate where you are going. Enjoy making decisions and navigating your way through life as a married couple. View it as an adventure, not another problem.

2. Different Places

Your spouse will change throughout your marriage. Embrace the person he is becoming in lieu of mourning the man he used to be. Allow your husband to evolve as you endure life experiences together. Understand that your spouse may be in a different developmental stage than you are. Learn what his needs are and try to meet them as best you can. Taking the time to understand your spouse's emotions will improve the quality of your marriage.

3. Cherish Children

Value the impact you have on your children. According to the "Journal of Marriage and Family," children who reside with their married, biological parents spend more quality time with their fathers as opposed to those living with a single or co-habiting father. A 2000 study from the "Journal of Pediatrics" also found that children living with married parents are less likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems. Take your marriage seriously, and remember the positive impact it can have on your children. The statistics show that surviving your marriage can help improve your children's quality of life -- if you are modeling healthy behaviors, of course.

4. Preserve Health

Studies show that surviving your marriage is advantageous for your mental and physical health. According to a 2004 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, married men and women proved more emotionally and physically healthy than those who were not. Spend time with your spouse, and learn to enjoy his company.

5. Expectations

As a married person, do not be surprised if certain life expectations are not fulfilled. You may want to live abroad or have another child, but your husband may no longer desire this. Be patient with your spouse. Instead of feeling resentment for your spouse, talk with him and develop new expectations for your lives. Redefine who you are as individuals and a couple and work on realizing those expectations together.

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