Balancing Togetherness and Individuality

A marriage is two different people coming together to form a team. A problem many couples have is maintaining a healthy balance of growing as a couple and growing as an individual. How much time together is enough? Is there such a thing as too much time together? Speaking with an experienced marriage therapist may help you and your spouse find the middle ground that works best specifically for you as a couple. Finding balance and compromise in this area is important to a healthy and sustainable relationship. Even 10 minutes a day of non-stressful communication can improve a marriage. By opening the lines of communication and meeting the needs of both members of the couple, an equilibrium can be reached.

Factors Affecting Couple Time Management

There are a number of factors that may influence how an individual perceives the necessity of time for themselves and time as a couple. The following are the most common factors that influence this perception:

  • Individual personality traits
  • Childhood and family ideas of need for autonomy or togetherness
  • Previous habits of spending time alone or with a significant other
  • Communication of wants and needs

With the help of a marriage counselor, a couple may find it easier and less stressful to reach an understanding and compromise with each other in order to sustain a healthy and loving relationship.

Contact a Marriage Counselor in Austin

If you and your spouse are having difficulty finding a balance between spending time together and retaining your individual growth, speaking with a dedicated marriage counselor may help you find a middle ground. Please contact Kathleen Snyder’s office at 512-659-8600 to speak with her about your specific circumstance and how marriage counseling can help you.