Love and Relationships

Relationship Reality: After A Baby

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

You may have heard the phrase, "having a baby won't fix your marriage/relationship" - and quite rightly so. In some cases, bringing new life into the world may make the bond between you and your partner stronger in the long run, but first you have to get through the challenges that come with a new baby!

Senior Sweethearts: Why Are Marriages And Divorces Soaring Among The Retired?

Philip Way | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Way

For better or for worse, the way we approach marriage and divorce as a society is changing. We're no longer bound together in sickness or in health, and stories of love, marriage and remarriage are flourishing in the twilight years. But if each partner chooses to go their own way, ensuring they have the correct legal protection will help make the silver split as smooth and amicable as possible.

Breaking Bad Relationships - Stick Or Twist?

Dr Mark Winwood | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Winwood

Life never ceases to offer opportunities if you invest in - and develop - your sense of curiosity and adventure. Breaking bad relationships will free you to nurture those bonds with people who value you and enrich your life - and forge new friendships with those you've yet to meet.

Taking The Leap: Learning To Love Again

Bonnie Bruce | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bonnie Bruce

You'll never have these moments because, if you don't open yourself up to other people, why would they open up to you? Why should they give away the most precious pieces of themselves when the person that they're opening up to won't reciprocate that? Yes, it's scary to open up to somebody with such a huge level of hurt as a potential outcome.

Can I Be In A Healthy Relationship With Relationship Anxiety?

Samantha Glass | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
 Samantha Glass

What if her friends don't like me? What if he finds somebody better? What is the point if relationships end anyway? Are just some of the things that people with relationship anxiety may think. Just as every individual experiences general anxiety differently, people experience relationship anxiety differently too

Over 30 And Single? Are Your Standards Too High?

Kenty Lichtenberg | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kenty Lichtenberg

There's a difference between not wanting a relationship that is harmful to you and not giving any relationship a chance because he's not what you consider "relationship material." As life evolves around you, the idea of what a real relationship is will change astronomically.

Why Common Law Marriage Doesn't Exist - And Four Things Unmarried Couples Need To Know Instead

Philip Way | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Way

It's no longer the case that we are vowing to stick together until the bitter end, so let's make sure that doesn't hold for our finances or homes either.

'You're Very Quiet'

Rachel Lamb | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

All my life I've been hearing those three words, or words to that effect. From nursery, to university, right through to my working life, I've been labelled as 'the quiet one'.

Are Fairy Tales Responsible For Our High Divorce Rate?

Sarah Alison | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Alison

I do believe that good will always triumph over evil and so when I have been faced with my own demons, I always clung to that belief and eventually came out the other side. Had I not believed in fairy tales, when those bad things happened, it would have reinforced my belief that the world is evil and left me hopeless and afraid.

How My Parents Taught Us Unconditional Love With One Simple Word

Quora | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

What is it like to be raised by parents who love each other unconditionally? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, emp...

Domestic Abuse: Learning To Love And Trust Again

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Jennifer Gilmour

Moving forward is hard and sometimes the abuse will come back in dreams, flashbacks, conversations or in other ways. I find that sometimes it feels like I am in a mental fight not to assume my husband is similar to the person who abused me. Years on and the moments have become less and I am able to shake it off but this has taken patience and has at times been mentally quite tough.

Love Is The Only Option For Me

Beverley Ward | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

So, I met someone. It seems almost too perfect for words. I grieved fully and completely for a year, then on the 13th March, three days after the anniversary of Paul's death, I re-wrote my grief narrative to include the possibility of loving someone new and, just a month later, someone appeared.

How To Get What You Want Through SHEER Persistence

Stella Ralfini | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Ralfini

Why Marmite? Because I know I'm an acquired taste and my mistake first time around was that I wasn't honest enough in my dating site profile. Stupidly, I joined the flock and wrote roughly what everyone else said - you know, polite tinkle of china tea cups stuff.

Struggling With Love: Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Rae Ritchie | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Ritchie

Over a coffee, my parents mentioned that they'd seen an old family acquaintance. It appeared to them that she was continuing to battle with the mental health issues that we knew had plagued her for some time.

It Takes A Strong Man To Love And Hold A Wild Woman

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

Here's the thing about wild women.... Our wildness is enticing and magnetic. We are enigmatic and exciting and it's in our wildness that we hold magic.

Divorce Can Cause Mental Health Issues

Sara Davison | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Divorce is often referred to as the second most traumatic life experience after death of a loved one. It can rock the strongest of people to the core and turn your whole life upside down. So, it is hardly surprising that it can lead to mental health issues if the negative emotions and sudden challenges you find yourself having to cope with are not dealt with properly.

Millennials Are Revolutionising Not Only Weddings But Romance Itself

Rebecca Smyth | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Smyth

It is no secret that wedding planning is changing. In fact, the wedding industry has arguably valued tradition more than any other, so this disruption we're seeing is more than just change--it is a revolution. And no surprise here: everyone is quick to blame millennials for this upheaval. But should we actually be thanking them?

I Am Sorry We Can't Have Children. A Letter To My Husband

Sharron Phillips | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I am so sorry that I am the reason you might not get to experience fatherhood. I wish I could change what we have been through. I wish that I could change what I have and we could have had a normal progression from two to three. I can't.

10 Things You Should Know if Your Other Half Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anna Gaunt | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

There seems to be few people in this world who can deal with having a partner with a chronic illness. Thank you for making us feel like less of a burden. Thank you for making us feel like the amazing people that we actually are! Thank you for loving us. We will love you endlessly in return.

I Fight My Fiancé's Killer Every Day - Parkinson's Awareness Week

Amanda Elias | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

This week is Parkinson's Awareness week and I will be blogging about my experience as the partner of a person with Parkinson's. My fiancé Ryan was diagnosed in 2015 at 36 with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease.

Supporting Your Partner Through Depression

Samantha Glass | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

Life with depression is not easy and recovery can be a long, hard road. Never judge your partner and how they cope with their depression. If you have not been there, you cannot comprehend the intensity of the experience. All you can do is be there. Things will get better.

Unravelling My Thoughts

Rachel Lamb | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Admitting that I needed help to organise that box of emotions I'd pushed to the back of my mind for so long was a huge milestone for me. Going from an abusive relationship, to escaping and feeling strong and empowered, to finally coming to terms with the fact that I can't deal with it on my own, is one hell of a realisation.

The UK's Couple Relationships: Happy, Or Swimming Against The Tide?

Anna Darnell Bradley | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Anna Darnell Bradley

Our research demonstrates just how crucial our couple relationships are. While good quality partnerships are hugely positive forces in our lives, they are equally not immune from pressure. Policy makers must do more to offset the impact of such stressors, and ensure we all have the tools and confidence to reach out for support when we need it.

Teaching Dads

Thomas Lynch | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Love was the glue that held me and my family together. I loved my dad, and I'm sure he loved me. We'd never actually say the words to each other (well I did when I knew he didn't have much longer to live), but I felt loved and held by him and my mum.

The Power Of Red Flags In Relationships

Ryan James Lock | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan James Lock

It's easy in relationships to see what we want to see or what is convenient for us, often ignoring clear warning signs or red flags that this person is not good for us and does not have the best intentions at heart.