3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship on Track
Here are a few ideas to keep you and your sweetheart in synch when living with bipolar disorder.
By Robin L. Flanigan
Even during severe depressive episodes when she wants to isolate herself, LaRae of Maine can deeply feel her husband’s love in one of his hugs or an offer to clean up the dishes after dinner. “Just knowing there isn’t that much pressure to be overly romantic makes it a lot easier to have intimacy in a relationship,” she says, “even when you’re struggling.”
Time your talks:
“It’s sort of like with sex—it’s not a good time to talk about it in bed after something has just happened,” explains Anita H. Clayton, MD. “Set separate time aside to give the conversation the priority that it deserves.”
Decompress as a duo:
Maureen and her husband “have our secret places where we find serenity.” Together, the California couple walk in nature, pray in a chapel, or reflect in a meditation garden. “It’s important to have at least one special place just to ‘be’ for a while,” she says.
Printed as “3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship On Track”, Summer 2016