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How Your Relationship Changes After Your Partner Cheats

December 05, 2015 2 min read

According to recent research, infidelity rates are going up. They are 60% to 70% higher than ever before, making a cheating heart a common occurrence. It is not just men who are cheating. Women are almost equal to men when it comes to straying from their partner, whether it be for a one night stand or a full-fledged fling. Cheating can break a relationship apart. But for those who choose to stay with their cheating partner, your relationship will change dramatically. cheating problems in relationship You lose trust  You begin to lose trust in your partner both s*xually and emotionally. You can't confide in them anymore and wind up burying your feelings down deep. Intimacy becomes more difficult as you feel less able to make love comfortably without the thought of them being with another. "It then becomes easy to feel dubious toward your partner in other aspects of life, such as finances or parenting." explains Ian Kerner, psychotherapist. Your confidence changes  It goes one of two ways. Your self-esteem either plummets to the bottom and you begin a process of blaming yourself and feeling incredibly insecure, or it rises to a point where you feel renewed. Having a better sense of confidence makes it easier to reconcile with your partner and move forward. Or it can help you to decide whether to stay with your partner or explore a different avenue in life. However, everyone reacts to emotions differently. You take time for yourself  This is a must. To recover from being cheated on you must go through a period where you can be completely selfish. Go to the spa, go to the gym, eat healthy, sleep well, mediate, read and re-center yourself. Seek counselling to help you heal these wounds and teach you how to re-enter your marriage. "People who recover from infidelity are usually able to go within themselves and recapture their center of power." says Kerner. "They actually end up stronger and more resilient than before the affair." [bctt tweet="How Your Relationship Changes After Your Partner Cheats"] S*x takes a backseat  "If your partner has cheated on you, even if you are working hard to forgive and rebuild the relationship, s*x is often the last piece of the puzzle." says Kerner. "You're sorting through all kinds of emotions—depression, anger, betrayal—and that just kills your s*xual desire." This is not always the case. While for many women, s*x with their cheating partner turns them off, it sometimes can be a good way to reconnect and bolster a resurgence of love and healing. Everyone recovers in their own way, so no pressure. Your commitment might become stronger  Cheating isn't always about s*x. It can be a sign that communication is lacking in your relationship. Sometimes cheating can be a wake-up call for couples and actually help to restore their bond, strengthen their commitment and remind them of how much they mean to one another. You might find once the anger has dissipated that you are, in some odd way, thankful for this incident. What are your thoughts on cheating? Share your stories with us! Source: Prevention [caption id="attachment_122206" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_122205" align="alignleft" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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