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I’m always a little worried when a couple gets married during the honeymoon phase, which can last around two to three years. I remember how I felt during that time with my now boyfriend of nearly six years and, well, it’s just not how I feel now. Just to be clear, how I feel is great. But, that state of euphoria that felt better than any drug possibly could—we’re not in that state anymore. We’re in a more calm, sustainable type of bliss. But, I do remember that the transition out of the honeymoon period and into this one sort of bumped me. I remember thinking, “Are we ending? Have we fallen out of touch?” And I can’t imagine what a terror it would be to experience those thoughts after having already tied the knot. That’s just the very first of many tough phases a couple can go through. Remember, life is very long. Here are the tough phases every married couple goes through.

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Ending the honeymoon

I touched on this in the intro, but it deserves a bit more attention. Even though I didn’t go through this phase as a married individual, I definitely went through it, and so have many of my friends. Imagine every day, for about two years, waking up like you won the jackpot, and one day…not. You don’t feel necessarily bad. But just the lack of that euphoric feeling can throw you for a loop. You just feel back to normal, and that can be mistaken for depression or even a broken connection with your partner.

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