How To Stay Connected To Your Partner When You're Going Through A Rough Time

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If you and your partner are going through tough times, you might find that, on top of everything else, it also feels like you're drifting apart. It can, after all, be difficult to maintain a connection when your thoughts are elsewhere, when you're stressed, or when life is going awry. And yet, whether it's a problem within your relationship, or something external, it is possible to stay connected through it all.

Instead of turning away from each other, as many people naturally do when they're feeling overwhelmed, "it is extremely important for [you both] to make the extra effort during such times to prevent drifting apart or allowing the challenge to cause a break up in the relationship," Dr. Catherine Jackson, licensed psychologist and board-certified neurotherapist, tells Bustle.

This might mean increasing the time you spend together, as well as adding things that are relationship-reinforcing, such as setting aside time to listen to each other, or talking about how you're both feeling. "Staying connected will make your relationship feel secure and give you the confidence to get through anything," Diana Venckunaite, a relationship coach, tells Bustle. Read on below for a few expert tips for staying connected, even when times are tough.