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Bad Health Habits that Can Ruin Your Relationship


As much as we would like to deny it, humans desire closeness and intimacy to satisfy their emotional needs. We often envisage the perfect romance with the “right” person. But the truth is, finding the “right” person and staying together can be a job by itself.

Relationships and marriages that are healthy and long-lasting are usually those in which the partners are committed to and supportive of each other, use communication for solving problems, and practice good habits. As a matter of fact, romantic partners hardly talk anymore to solve problems.

Many of them look elsewhere for coping mechanisms and may end up developing bad habits that can ruin things. Instead of hashing things out, they may turn to food or drugs, or decide to spend more time at work to avoid their partner. While it may seem like a good way to solve their problems, these habits actually create more tension that can lead to a breakup or divorce.

Here are 10 bad health habits that can end up ruining your relationship:

Low level of physical intimacy

Relationships involve physical and emotional intimacy. These two aspects are not mutually exclusive. They each fulfil specific needs and come together to create balance and harmony. Eliminating one of them or even skimping back on the amount of physical intimacy can invite trouble, such as arguments or infidelity.

Hugging, cuddling, and having sex is good for your health and can foster deeper emotional intimacy and happiness. The hormones oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin are released during sex and orgasm making you feel happy and loved. Emotional tension and stress are also relieved. Women especially tend to feel more loved during and after sex and may exhibit better moods. Therefore, while it’s okay to focus on making money or socializing with friends, neglecting sex and physical intimacy because you’re too busy elsewhere can push your partner away.