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Signs that a married man is unhappy at home

Updated April 17, 2017

The unfortunate reality is that not all marriages end in happily-ever-after. The pressures of work, money, children and family life in general can directly affect your marriage. If your husband is unhappy at home, he may change his behaviour before actually verbally communicating his difficulties. Warning signs can include a lack of communication, avoiding spending time at home, and a serious decline in your sex life.

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He Is Never Home

If your husband is committed to his job, working overtime now and then is nothing to be worried about. However, if your husband is constantly working late, working weekends and leaving before you wake up in the morning, it may be a sign that he is unhappy. Avoiding spending time at home doesn't necessarily mean your husband is having an affair, which is the easiest conclusion to jump to, but it could signify his need for extra space or time away from you.

He Stops Communicating

Communication and expressing your feelings are two extremely important elements in a healthy marriage and when you have a decline in communication, that is never a good sign. Healthy communication includes sharing your feelings, telling each other about your day and talking about each others dreams and goals. If your husband starts to shut you out and doesn't communicate his thoughts or needs, it may be a sign he is unhappy at home.

He's Not Interested In Sex

A healthy sex life is essential for keeping a happy marriage. Having ups and downs for certain periods is nothing to worry about, but it is not a good sign if your husband has completely lost interest in having sex with you. If he hasn't approached you in a long time, take the opportunity to approach him. If he refuses your advances on a regular basis, you may have something to worry about.

He Threatens To Leave

It's perfectly normal for married couples to have fights, but when your fights cross a new line it may be time to worry. If during arguments your husband starts saying things along the lines of, "I don't know if I can do this anymore" or "maybe we should take some space," that is a sign that he is unhappy and is possibly considering separation or divorce. Sometimes, spouses use this type of language for dramatic effect, but it can also signify a more serious problem.

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About the Author

Sophie Southern has been a freelance writer since 2004. Her writing has been featured in "JPG" magazine and on Zlio.com. Southern holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts.

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