7 Things A Truly Loyal Partner Does During A Rough Patch In Your Relationship

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Going through a rough patch in your relationship is inevitable. At some point, you or partner may be going through something, you may become distant from each other, or your relationship may reach the point of being so comfortable that it's almost boring. Unfortunately, not all couples can overcome it successfully. If your relationship is going to survive a rough patch, experts say loyalty is an essential trait to have.

"The best way to look at a relationship is as though it's a rubber band — sometimes it's taut, and sometimes it's loose," Kac Young, PhD, relationship expert and counselor, tells Bustle. "Just because it's one or the other at any given time, it doesn't mean that it's wrong, bad or broken. It's simply going through a phase just like every natural person, place or thing on earth."

Relationships work the same way. They go through their fair share of good times and bad. But regardless of the rough times, a truly loyal partner, or one who's in it for the long haul, will see a rough patch in your relationship as a "normal, natural and seasonal passage of growth," Young says.

So how do you know if that's the kind of partner you're with? Here are some things only a truly loyal partner will do during a rough patch in your relationship, according to experts.