If your relationship with your spouse has hit choppy waters, read on to recognize the unhappy marriage signs and take the decision most conducive to the long sustaining well being and happiness of both the partners in the relationship.

1. Both of you are living a parallel life

In this erratic work schedule, it is difficult to spend time together and even if you don’t spend all the time together, you should be an important element of your partner’s life. Just like when you are watching cricket you are aware that your partner who loves theatre has gone out for a Play. Happy couples keep a check on each other and share small and big details of their days. If you don’t know what’s going on with them when you’re not with them—or worse, don’t care—that’s a sign you could be unhappy

2. You are holding grudges for too long

Fights are bound to happen in any relationship, but if you are at a logger’s head and have negative feelings towards each other than you are in an unhappy relationship. Staying stuck in the past because your partner did something to hurt you and you will not forgive them continuously cripples your thoughts

3. There’s a lack of respect

Respect has an association with emotions. Respectful individual cares about their partner’s opinions and feelings even if they differ are ideologically different. When your partner shows that they are losing respect for you, through abusive language, acts, and/or disrespecting your parents, this is most definitely a sign that something is not right. If you let the cycle of disrespect continue and if you keep scowling about it, unfortunately, it will more than likely continue

4. Endless Criticism

We all complain and criticize in the relationship, we have a difference of opinion and we’re never going to agree with what our partner does. Complain and criticism shouldn’t sound like a personal attack. Frequent usage of certain words like” terrible”, “never”, “inefficient” not only sabotages the relationship but also undermines the esteem of your partner.

5. Lack of intimacy

Another sign that indicates an unhappy marriage is no passion or lack of intimacy. Caressing is a simple gesture for expressing love. Examples of caressing include being inside someone’s personal space, hand-holding, hugging, kissing, cuddling. The intimate connection will always have ebb and flow. Abstaining from physical intimacy is not a healthy sign, it can create a fissure in the relationship leading to a loss of emotional connection.