Why Am I Bored In My Relationship? Reasons & Signs to Know

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Boredom can seep in any time into any part of your life, and your romantic connection is no exception. You may keep asking yourself, “Why am I bored in my relationship,” as every day starts feeling the same. Spending time with your partner becomes burdensome and pointless. There is nothing new to look forward to, and your relationship seems to be heading nowhere.

Boredom douses the passion and attraction you felt at the start of a romantic affair. It dampens interest and causes detachment. If you feel you and your partner have lost that spark and are wondering how to revive interest, then read on as we explore the signs of a boring relationship, why things get boring, and ways to fix it.

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Does Boredom Mean The End Of A Relationship?

Not at all. A relationship is like a game wherein you and your partner are team players. Like every game, you will have good seasons and downtime. Boredom is just a downtime. Use it to replenish and rejuvenate. Then identify your weaknesses and work towards making a comeback in good form. Ensure this monotonous dry patch is short and limited, or it may negatively impact your relationship. Boredom can cause a breakup only if the couple makes no effort to salvage the relationship.


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Couples apps such as ‘DateNight,’ ‘Kindu,’ and ‘Coupleness’ share ideas, games, activities, and tasks that help keep excitement in a relationship.

What Are The Signs Of A Boring Relationship?

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When hit by boredom, a couple experiences signs indicating a loss of interest in a relationship.

  1. You hardly talk to each other: You may live together or see each other daily but evade conversations. You don’t even feel excited and find it tedious and dull to spend time with your partner.
  1. Your dinners are plagued by silence: You and your partner struggle to converse and spend most of your time together in an unstimulating awkward silence.
  1. You do not feel interested in your partner’s life: They may share their experiences with you, but you are either busy checking your social media or simply zoning out.
  1. You may even consider dating a new person: You feel unfulfilled in your current relationship and you notice other people and are tempted to flirt with them and may fantasize about being with them.
  1. You avoid each other: You don’t promptly respond to texts or calls and avoid spending time with each other. You feel easily irritated by your partner. The things that used to appeal most about your partner now get on your nerves. Also, some of their habits begin to irritate you.
  1. You do not have sex anymore: If a conversation feels difficult, getting intimate may seem impossible. You crave sex but may even want to get it outside the relationship.
  1. You stress out with your partner: You may feel obligated to attend events, but being together for a long time makes you antsy.
  1. You don’t give each other compliments: It doesn’t feel easy to see anything good in your partner. You fail to notice anything new about your partner.
  1. You don’t resolve issues: You have a fight or argument but are not interested in resolving these conflicts. You may be angry, but you will hide it to avoid confrontation.
  1. You become emotionally distant: You seem to drift away from your partner. They cannot meet your emotional needs, nor do you feel obligated to provide them with emotional comfort or security. You may find it difficult to even have casual conversations and feel lonely and isolated all the time.


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According to a study, physical affection helps improve sexual relationship, strengthens the bond between a couple, and prevents boredom (1).

What Makes A Relationship Boring?

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No relationship is immune to boredom. And if a couple allows the uneventful humdrum to continue, the stagnant relationship will crumble sooner or later.

1. Difference in personalities

An intense attraction got you together. With time the attraction faded, and now you realize that you have nothing in common. You don’t feel interested and find each other’s lives uninspiring.

2. Taking each other for granted

For some individuals, a relationship is exciting only for as long as there is a chase. Once they win over their partner, they find it unchallenging and do not feel the need to do anything to maintain the relationship.

3. Overly focused on the relationship

Some individuals tend to lose themselves in a relationship. The bond becomes their focus, and they do not pay attention to other things in life. If their efforts are not matched or acknowledged, they feel dissatisfied and eventually lose interest.

4. Lack of sexual compatibility

Physical intimacy is crucial for a loving relationship. But if a couple is not on the same page in matters of sex, then the relationship loses its allure.

5. Lack of emotional connection

Emotional connection is just as important as physical intimacy. The relationship lacks depth if a couple cannot share inner feelings.

6. Lack of arguments

Occasional arguments indicate that the couple is open to expressing their opinions. If a couple never fights, it can sometimes mean they keep their feelings to themselves and cannot speak out.

How To Fix A Boring Relationship?

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Boredom in a relationship signifies challenges in the relationship that require consideration. Most relationship challenges can be addressed through honest communication and sincere efforts.

1. Talk it out

Sit together and identify the issues prevailing in your relationship. Be honest with each other, and do not hesitate to pinpoint shortcomings. Once you get to the root of boredom, you can jointly find ways to tackle it.

In her blog Best Self Mama, Chelsey talks about the power of using your mouth in a relationship. She says, “I know many times something is wrong on my side and I just assume that my husband should know. But here’s the thing. He doesn’t. Turns out, I did not marry a mind reader. Our mouths hold a lot of power. More specifically, the words that come out of your mouth. Speaking up can clear up an issue before it gets too out of control (i).”

2. Start a hobby or take lessons together

If you need more common interests, join a class together. This way, you spend more time together and have fun making mistakes in class. This can help you learn more about how to address manageable challenges together. Write your choice of hobby down and ask a third person to pick one. Whatever option is selected will be the hobby you will pursue together.

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3. Keep in touch through distance

Take a short break from each other. Go on a vacation with your friends or live apart from your partner for a week. But call each other every day and share your exciting stories. When you return, you will have the much-needed space and may feel the excitement of seeing each other. Your new experiences outside of the relationship will provide another point of connection.

4. Go on a vacation together

If distance doesn’t seem the right solution for you, go on a vacation together. Make a list of places you want to visit and ask a third person to pick one. Ensure that you find time to disconnect from your electronic devices and find an opportunity to place the focus on each other.

5. Recreate your old magic

Relive some good old memories of the initial days of your courtship. Book a table at the restaurant you visited for your first date and try to recall the date. Consider taking a picture when you revisit to build new memories or moments together. The owner of Basford Jewelry in her blog post on Medium talks about how to keep the fire alive in a relationship. She says, “When I go on dates with my husband, I like to make sure that I put SOME effort in my appearance. It’s another form of appreciation for him because he is the only one I am trying to impress. Of ‘course I cannot do this everyday, but when I can – I definitely will (ii).”

6. Drop your inhibitions

You and your partner may have different ideas of good sex, but experimenting is not harmful. Try this, fix a day in the week when you will try something new in bed. Consider taking turns and communicating what you like. When it comes to sex, communication is not just verbal. You can also show your partner what you like.

7. Change your routine

Following the same routine for a long time can make life feel dull and monotonous. This boredom may infest your relationship as well. This is especially true when you have hectic schedules or are too indulged in maintaining a strict routine. Breaking the monotony doesn’t require a lavish vacation. It could be as simple as starting a new hobby or ritual together. This change can infuse new energy into your relationship and reignite the spark.

8. Seek counseling

Couples therapy or coaching is an excellent way to address deep issues. It can also help identify issues that are hard for you to notice or resolve. If your efforts fail to show results, seek help from a professional counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do all relationships get boring?

Perhaps not all, but most relationships witness a period where they feel the relationship is not bringing them the joy they seek. Boredom is natural and common. It is not a new problem; even new-age couples may experience it.

2. Is it normal to be bored in a relationship?

Yes. Long-term relationships need commitment and constant efforts to maintain the bond. With time, it is natural for anyone to lose motivation and tire of trying to keep the spark alive. But boredom does not have to be a serious issue, and if both partners are determined to work towards tackling boredom, it can be dealt with some easy steps and changes.

3. How long does it take for a relationship to become boring?

The duration for boredom to hit a relationship depends entirely on the couple and how committed they are to growing in the relationship. For some couples, it is a matter of weeks before they get bored, while for others, boredom sets in years later.

Boredom in a relationship is not a cause for concern if you know how to tackle it. So put in a conscious effort to bring back the spark in your relationship. Whenever you think, “I feel bored in my relationship,” remember that the faster you act upon it, the easier you can solve issues. Talk to your partner and tell them how you feel. Ask for their suggestions and be open to their ideas. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and take risks to revive your relationship.

Infographic: Reasons For Boredom In A Relationship & Simple Solutions

Boredom in a relationship is a problem faced by romantic couples. But fret not, as there are many ways to work through boredom and reignite the flame. In this infographic, we bring some common causes of boredom in a relationship and the simple solutions to tackle them.

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Key Pointers

  • Most couples experience boredom in their relationship, which some simple and concrete steps can solve.
  • Lack of communication, disinterest in sex, and emotional disconnect are some common signs of boredom in a relationship.
  • A heart-to-heart conversation with your partner is the first step towards solving boredom.


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  1. Why Sex Is So Good for Your Relationship.
    https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_sex_is_so_good_for_your_relationship
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