What Causes Stress In Relationships? 7 Stressors Long-Term Couples Deal With Behind Closed Doors

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It's easy to start questioning your relationship when you notice it's not as picture perfect as you always hoped it would be. Comparing your relationship to others can only make it worse. Chances are, every happy long-term couple you know has gone through their share of ups and downs. Even if you think your relationship stress means you're not meant to be, there are quite a few stressful situations long-term couples deal. with Many of which, are dealt with behind closed doors.

"All couples have conflict, including happy couples," Dr. Alexandra Miller, Psy.D., psychologist and host of the Psychology America, podcast, tells Bustle. "It's how they fight that matters."

According to Miller, conflict and stress continue to arise because life changes at every stage. For example, a couple that's lived together for a while may know how to split up household chores. But once you throw a baby into the mix, things inevitably change, there's a lot more work to do, and the couple will then have to renegotiate their individual duties all over again.

The cycle never stops because life constantly changes. For the most part, change can be uncomfortable. If it's not kids, it may be a major move or a change in your financial situation. It may even be changes in behavior, like your partner not being as affectionate as they used to be.

Even if you think going through a tough time means your relationship is over, that's not always the case. In fact, here are stressful situations long-term couples tend to deal with behind closed doors, according to experts.