Being in love is a fantastic feeling, but even if you're in a happy, healthy relationship, that doesn't mean that everything between you and your partner needs to be perfect all the time. There may be moments where the dynamics of your relationship can feel tense or off. Maybe you've noticed your chemistry has toned down, or maybe your partner isn't as enthusiastic as they used to be. Whatever the case, these signs your relationship feels stale, straight from an expert, might help you understand how your relationship might feel if it's hit a rut. But first off: Don't freak out. This feeling? It's so normal.
"Even the best of relationships can fall into an occasional rut," Dr. Gary Brown, a prominent dating and relationship therapist in Los Angeles, tells Elite Daily. However, just because a relationship feels stale doesn't mean that it's in big trouble. No relationship is perfect, and falling into a rut doesn't mean the relationship will stay in a rut forever, or that you can't work together to get back to a point where you're both happy and fulfilled. But it is important to recognize the signs that a relationship feels stale, so that you and your partner can address it and get back on track.
So, how can you tell if your relationship feels stale? Look for these signs, so you can work with your partner on doing what's best for both of you.