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Getting married or moving in with a partner: dealing with emotions

Updated: May 19, 2020

Change can be exciting, it can present new opportunities and sometimes it can be an enjoyable experience. However, sometimes change can bring its own challenges. For example if the change has been unplanned, such as the death of a loved or being diagnosed with a serious illness, then a person can sometimes feel out of control and can get frustrated and feel resentful at having to adjust to change.


There are many life events that will challenge us and being able to manage our reactions and emotions to these changes allow us to develop personally. This also develops our self-concept as we understand how to manage and react to certain emotions.


What emotions would a person feel when getting married/moving in with a partner?

The usual emotions that a person would face in this life-changing situation may include:

  • Anxiety

  • Loneliness

  • Stress

  • Frustration

  • Happiness

  • Excitement



How would a young person react to the life changing experience of getting married/moving in with a partner?

If the person is worried about getting married/moving in with a partner, they may:

  • initially experience arguments as both people will be getting used to another person's routines.

  • initially be nervous as the person is experiencing a new environment with another person in it.

  • experience contentment as the person is now sharing your life with another person.

How could a person positively manage this change?

A person could:

  • talk to friends and family about their experiences. Sharing and discussing what they feel could help them understand their feelings, manage and work through this change.

  • talk to someone who has been through a similar experience as this can be comforting to the person that all will be okay and that someone has been through this before.

  • enjoy the challenges and excitement of the change to see what other opportunities may happen as a result of this change.

  • try to accept change and talk to each other about routines, feelings an emotions to try and understand how the other person is feeling.


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