As the most wellness-focused generation yet, millennials are empowered to be their happiest, most energetic, healthiest selves. Gladly forgoing happy hour for yoga-and-green-juice dates, today's generation meditates to relieve stress, eats for hormone balance, and removes electronic devices from their bedrooms in order to get enough sleep.
But relationship care often gets neglected in this long list of self-care rituals. The model of what a partnership should look like has evolved over the years, and now both women and men feel that their partners or spouses should check off every "box"—they should be their best friend, the person who completes them, and the perfect mother or father to their children. And if you've finally found that person, you're all set, right? Maybe, but probably not.
Especially if you're a fan of therapy as a strategy for your own personal growth, it may be time to start incorporating couples therapy into your routine. "Couples therapy is mostly about learning tools to communicate better, which I think anybody can benefit from," says Kaely, a 35-year-old woman living in Los Angeles who has been with her spouse for over a decade. "It's crazy that we spend so much energy working to enhance everything else about ourselves and our lives, but we have so much shame about working on our relationships in the same way. Even though I'm in what I consider to be a healthy relationship, I think couples therapy helps to make it that much better."
Is couples therapy right for you and your partner? Here's what the experts have to say.