By Encompass Outreach Group
The very essence of a relationship is finding someone you enjoy being around and spending time with. However, even if your partner is your best friend, that doesn’t mean you should avoid seeking out alone time. In a relationship, you are committed to your partner and the life you share together, but you are also still your own person with your own needs and interests. Here are some reasons why alone time is so important in a relationship:
An important question is how much alone time is normal in a relationship? The answer depends on you and your partner and the specific relationship you have. For example, introverts might need more alone time to recharge than extroverts. Either way, there should be a good balance between alone time and quality time spent together as a couple. If your partner always wants to be alone, then there may be a larger issue.
Encompass Connection Center helps couples learn how to resolve issues and create fulfilling, productive relationships. For many couples, those issues can stem from not getting enough alone time. Just like any problem, though, issues with alone time in a relationship can be fixed. We offer a free relationship assessment to determine your relationship’s strengths and potential threats. For more help, look into our RINGS Experience, which includes marriage strengthening exercises and a coaching model to help build real intimacy and growth skills.
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Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.