Getting Over Post-Wedding Jitters
How to conquer your ten biggest marriage fears
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Fretting about your relationship doesn't end with pre-wedding jitters. It's quite common—and healthy—to have worries during the marriage, says Jane Greer, PhD, licensed marriage and family therapist, radio host and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship. "Fears can be useful in heading off future problems. Take them seriously, and make them work for you rather than against you," she says. Here's help for overcoming ten common marriage fears.
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1. "We'll eventually have nothing in common."
The honeymoon-phase excitement tends to fade "after around seven years when the partners are dealing with the stresses of young children," says Paul Hokemeyer, PhD, a New York–based marriage and family therapist. "That's when parents stop having sex, stop connecting emotionally and begin to have separate lives," he says. So double your efforts to feed your marriage during this period. "Propose something old that you can bring back or something new you can explore together," suggests Dr. Greer. That way, you'll still have shared interests.
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