Relationships need love, understanding, commitment, vulnerability, and patience to thrive. If only there were a manual to tell you how to be a good boyfriend – what you should say and do to let your partner know how much you love, support, and appreciate them.
While there may not be a complete guide, here are some ways you could be a supportive boyfriend to your partner. Scroll down to know more.
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Possible Reasons Behind Your Husband’s Neglecting Behavior
There could be several reasons for a man to ignore his wife or for a woman to feel ignored by her husband. These reasons could include the following:
1. When There Is No Proper Communication
Lack of effective communication between you both can leave you feeling neglected by your husband. Your man could be avoiding conversation with you without telling you what’s bothering him while feeling upset or stressed out at the same time. See if you can figure out what’s bothering him because men often do not feel comfortable expressing their feelings. Even though your husband’s actions may be hurting you a lot, remember that he has probably never been taught how to communicate properly when he is upset.
2. When He Is Not Happy In The Relationship
If you observe sudden changes in his mood, it can be a clear indication that your husband is unhappy in the relationship. He may often bring up some past issues and complaints. You notice that he is getting frustrated with little things. Also, he doesn’t notice you or compliments you anymore. Whatever the situation may be, he is unsure of how to deal with things. So, he simply starts ignoring you instead of admitting what’s bothering him.
3. When His Priorities Change
When your husband spends more time with his friends than with you, you may start feeling neglected. In some cases, he may not be intending to ignore you. But in a few cases, the neglect could be intended. He needs to be reminded that he can still be in touch with his friends without neglecting you. If you are still ignored by him after multiple reminders, it may be a sign that he does not want to spend time with you.
4. When There Is A Misunderstanding Between You Two
A simple misunderstanding between you both can be the reason why your husband is ignoring you suddenly. Miscommunication feeds itself. Once couples get caught up in negative communication, they find it hard to correct it. If your husband is giving you the cold shoulder, it could be his reaction to being hurt. If he is really upset about something, ignoring you might be his way of getting some space to think about the problem.
5. When You Are Always Trying To Find Faults In Him
Misunderstandings, arguments, and disagreements are common in any relationship. But, in those heated conversations, if you pointed out his faults, it can lead to further conflict. Of course, it may not be your intention to blame him, but it will still have a negative result. Pointing out his mistakes can hurt him, which may make him start ignoring you. If this becomes part of your daily routine, he may start avoiding conversations with you, and as a result, you feel neglected.
6. When He Stressed
Some things in life – like work pressure, financial matters, issues in the family, or health problems – can cause stress. It can be one of the factors that can affect your husband’s mood. If he is in any of these situations, he might not be able to spend some quality time with you as usual. High stress levels often interfere with a couple’s ability to communicate effectively, manage conflicts, and connect emotionally. Check if your partner is dealing with stress-related issues because it could be why he is ignoring you.
7. When The Level Of Intimacy Changes
Physical intimacy plays a key role in your relationship. It is natural to have less sex when you are in a long-term relationship. There could be many reasons for this, like stress outside the relationship or low sex drive. If you and your partner are not able to enjoy sex, he may start avoiding getting intimate with you. Silent treatment won’t solve your problem, so try to communicate about this issue with your husband.
8. When He Is Cheating On You
When you feel like his attention is somewhere else all the time, it may be a sign that he is cheating on you. Infidelity could be a possible reason behind the growing distance between you both. If your husband likes some other person, you can clearly notice a change in his behavior. He suddenly needs a lot of privacy, avoids intimacy with you, tries to stay away from you, or starts caring a lot about his appearance. But, unless you have solid proof, it is not a good idea to come to any conclusion.
These are some common reasons why your husband might be ignoring you. Here are few things to do when your husband ignores you.
What To Do When Your Husband Ignores You?
1. Give Him Some Space
Giving each other space is a good thing in any relationship. Giving some space and time to your husband is a good thing. Sometimes, because of work pressure or other personal issues, men ignore their wives. They do not feel comfortable discussing the same. But, he will eventually come to you and share his feelings with you. So, try and give him some space to solve his issues. Instead of worrying about being neglected, stay positive and calm, and give him time to get back to normal.
2. Try To Be Kind And Stay Positive
You never know what might be the reason behind your husband’s behavior. If he is going through a bad phase, help him come out of it. Also, one good way to react to his neglecting behavior is to remain calm and try to practice positive thinking. It may be difficult to handle the situation, but being rude to him won’t solve the problem. When you are kind and friendly with your husband during his bad time, he may realize how you don’t deserve his behavior.
3. Initiate Communication
Communication is the key when it comes to resolving any issues in a marriage. If your husband is ignoring you, take a step forward and talk to him. In general, men stop talking when they are upset or depressed about something. A healthy conversation is always better than the blame game. If you did hurt him, sit with your husband and apologize, and clear the air between you both.
4. Try To Fulfill His Needs
Usually, men are not very expressive. If your husband starts ignoring you, it might be because of some want of his that is not being met by you. Try to think about those secret needs and work towards meeting them. Ask him about what he wants and create a gateway for effective communication between you two. Try to fulfill his need with honesty and fill the gap.
5. Bring Back The Spark
Analyze your husband’s mood and look out for areas where the spark is missing in your relationship. Bring back that missing spark in your marriage with things that you both haven’t tried before. Blow his mind with more intimacy and reconnect with him. You can plan a romantic evening or get adventurous with your man. There is nothing wrong with taking initiative, and this is one thing that you both should think about to make your relationship successful.
6. Try To Reconnect With Him
Make a conscious effort to reconnect with him. Approach him with tenderness and show him that you are receptive to whatever he wants to say to you. If you find that he wants to talk with you first, show appreciation for his positive behavior to initiate the communication. Don’t argue with him as it will only drive him further away.
7. Analyze The Situation
If your husband has been ignoring you, start analyzing the situations that have come up recently. It will help you tackle the issues better. Try to identify which incident made him start neglecting you this way. The faster you identify the cause of your husband’s behavior, the faster you will be able to resolve the issue between you two. Analyzing the situation can help you deal with it without making it worse.
8. Seek Counseling
Most divorced couples regret not seeking professional help at the right time. Despite all your efforts, if your husband still ignores you, marriage counseling is the best option for you both. Also, seeking help from a professional doesn’t mean that your marriage has come to an end. It only means that you and your husband are willing to work on your unresolved issues.
There are certain things that you are not supposed to do when your husband ignores you. Scroll down to learn what they are.
What Not To Do When Your Husband Ignores You?
Here are a few things that you should avoid doing when your partner is neglecting you:
1. Don’t Fight With Your Husband
When he is ignoring you, stop fighting with him. You may feel angry and pick a fight with him in frustration when he starts neglecting you. But, fighting with your husband at that point may make matters worse. Once you begin fighting with him, many past unresolved problems may start cropping up, which can complicate the present situation. So, don’t fight with your husband because you don’t know in what state of mind he is in.
2. Don’t Bring Up The Past
Bringing up the past to blame or embarrass him will only make him more stoic. If he had apologized for something he did in the past, it should be left in the past. Otherwise, he may start resenting you and keep ignoring you.
3. Don’t Shut Him Up
Let your husband know that you are there for him and support him no matter what he is going through. Don’t shut him down – listen to him and try to understand his feelings. Marriage is not about winning an argument. It is a lifelong journey that you both need to take together. A little self-examination and analysis of the situation can help you understand why your husband is ignoring you.
Your husband’s neglectful behavior can definitely hurt you. At this time, try to avoid fighting with him. This often worsens the situation because you don’t know the reason behind his behavior. The best solution for this problem is to try to talk to your husband about his behavior and how it’s affecting you. You can also help him tackle any issue that he is facing to get your marriage back on track.