Jun 11, 2017

5 Tips for Coping with a Moody Partner

Have you ever had or seen a mood ring? When I was growing up, it was pretty popular. It would change colors depending on your moods. You could look at the ring and know what your mood was by identifying the color. I guess the ring knew better than you did. It was fun to play with as a kid.

But moodiness is not always fun and games. It can be pretty frustrating when you are in a relationship. Having a moody partner is not an easy thing to deal with. It can be like constantly walking on eggshells. So, what can you do? Try these ideas.

1. Determine if this is moodiness or something that needs more attention

It is important to determine whether your partner is just having moods or if they actually need professional help. Mood changes can be caused by a variety of things. Determine if they are caused from situations or if they could be a health issue.

Notice how long the moodiness lasts and how severe it is. If it affects their daily living, it is probably something that needs checked out. You might consider keeping a journal with notes just in case they need to see a doctor.

2. Do a self-check of your emotions

While you are checking your partner’s emotions, check yours as well. Could any of your moods or behaviors be contributing to your partner’s moodiness? Do you find yourself feeding the moodiness by reacting to them in a certain way? Is there something you can do to change, so you can be more helpful rather than harmful?

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3. Choose your battles

Sometimes moodiness is an attention-seeking behavior. When this is the case, you need to decide whether or not it is worth addressing. Be considerate of what your partner feels is important, but decide for yourself what can be put aside for the time being and the sake of the relationship.

4. Set boundaries

All healthy relationships have boundaries. Boundaries tell us how far we can go without causing more harm. Your partner needs to know what those boundaries are. If they are yelling or screaming at you, let them know you will be happy to talk to them when they have calmed down. Tell them you do not talk to people who speak to you in that manner. They need to know that behavior is unacceptable, and you will not engage with them.

5. Love them or leave them

If you have tried everything and are still dealing with a moody partner, you need to make a serious decision. You need to decide whether you will choose to love them despite the moodiness or not. If you can’t live with it, then you need to leave the relationship, or at least distance yourself. If you decide to stay, keep these tips in mind.

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Whatever you decide, let them know how you are feeling about the change in their moods and how it affects your life. They deserve to know the truth regarding your feelings. Who knows? Maybe expressing your deep feelings is all they need to make changes that benefits the both of you.

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