A third of couples spend less than 30 minutes of quality time together a day and three in 10 feel their relationship is suffering due to the lack of 'couple time', a study has revealed.
The average British couple spends 2% of their normal, working day in each others company as they push their relationship to the back burner to make time for the daily grind of work, household chores and childcare.
The majority of 2,000 Brits questioned in the study by eatwelshlamb.co.uk felt that their relationship would improve if they had more quality time together. Given the chance, over half would be happy with the simple things, like having an uninterrupted meal together at home or cuddling up watching a film.
But while six in 10 would happily welcome the opportunity to properly talk to their partner for at least one hour and 25 minutes a day, 16% admit to getting no quality time together with their partner at all.
Nearly half of the disgruntled couples revealed that they don't receive any romantic gestures anymore as their other half is too busy.
If your relationship is suffering from your hectic lifestyle, find out how you can keep the stress out of your relationship by life coach Sophia Davis.
Relationship tips from life coach, Sophia Davis.
"Sometimes couples find it easier to turn to friends rather than their other half when it comes to talking through problems. Turning your back on your partner during a stressful time can be damaging to your relationship, as it can lead to feelings of rejection and frustration. Communicate with your partner and turn to each other. This builds the confidence and trust you both need so you can discuss heavier and potentially stressful topics when they arise."
"While most people think that intimacy has to lead to sex, think again, because it also enables you to both relax and reveal your thoughts and feelings. Feeling close to your partner helps you solve problems as a team and helps you be open and honest. Intimacy gives your partner a chance to support you and in return, you are more likely to support them when they are stressed."
"If you are unkind to yourself and picking on yourself for choices you think you should have/shouldn't have made, by extension you will be unkind to your partner. If you want to maintain a strong and healthy, being kind to yourself an your partner is one of the first places to start."
"It's easy to get overwhelmed with daily activities and workloads, meaning little time is left for anything else. The more time spent on these things, the less time is spent with your partner. Work stress is top factor for causing friction in a marriage, so don't be a workaholic - stay in touch by phone, email, text messages. Cut back on your schedules if they aren't essential and prioritise a certain amount of 'us' time per week."