As silly as it might sound, a 2016 study presented at the American Sociological Association found that there are two months every year that see a peak in divorce filings: March and August. Researchers looked at divorces in the State of Washington between 2001 and 2015 and discovered that year after year, divorce filings peak in the early spring and end of summer.
Although experts aren’t entirely sure why this is, it’s thought that summer vacation (and the kids being off from school) play a role. Simply stated, too much family time can wear on your nerves and exacerbate problems or resentments that already exist. Instead of dreading time spent together, make an effort to give your spouse or significant other space.
For example, if you both work from home, make an effort to work at a coffee shop or cafe once or twice a week. Even a small break from one another can go a long way toward making your hearts grow fonder.
In the same vein, it’s important to remember you’re two separate people. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to share all the same interests or do everything together. Trust and support one another in your endeavors and communicate openly. Small adjustments like these can help strengthen and fortify your marriage, rather than chip away at it.