I sometimes hear from wives who believe that their worst case scenario has now happened because their husband has finally got angry or frustrated enough to move out. They are often struggling with living alone for the first time in a long time. And they are often worrying about what is going to happen with their marriage. It’s very normal to assume that your marriage is practically over when your husband moves out, but I strongly believe that this doesn’t have to be the case.
I heard from a wife who said “my husband left and moved out last weekend. He had mentioned it before, but I honestly thought that I had talked him out of it. I guess I was wrong about that. More than anything, I want for our marriage to work. But obviously, I’m worried that this can’t happen if he moves out. I can’t believe it’s come to this. I’m so depressed over this. I know that I have to pull it together, but I am having a hard time doing that. When my friend’s husband moved out, I told her that they could eventually work things out, but they were never able to do that. So I know that I can try to put on a happy face, but part of me knows that I’m kidding myself. I don’t want to let my marriage go. But part of me feels that I am going to be denying the inevitable and playing mind games with myself. Is it better to just try to force myself to try to let my marriage go?”
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of information about the circumstances or problems that lead to the husband moving out or what he said when he did, but it’s my belief that just because one spouse moves out, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the marriage is over or that you have to just let go immediately. I will discuss this more below.w
Why I Don’t Think That One Person Moving Out Means That You Need To Immediately Give Up On Your Marriage: I know that you probably feel incredibly panicked and vulnerable right now. Suddenly, the bed that you are sleeping alone on feels so very big and you start to hear every little noise because of the silence that wasn’t there when you lived with your husband. And perhaps you have some friends who are insinuating that it is time for you to say good riddance or to start living your life as a newly single woman.
Often, people just do not understand how foreign and wrong this all sounds to you, especially since this is all so new and painful. And often, what people don’t really understand is that immediately letting go or giving up lessens your chances of saving a marriage that might have been saved. Sure, there may come a time when it’s clear that it’s time to move on. But that time generally doesn’t come immediately after a spouse moves out. It’s my opinion that you owe it to yourself to at least try to a few different things before you just give up, which leads me to my next point.
There Are Times When A Spouse Moving Out Can Actually Help: It’s generally a pretty fair bet that by the time your souse actually moves out, your marriage has been struggling for more than a short amount of time. There’s generally a problem or issue that has become so bad that the spouse who leaves has distanced himself from you or now believes that the feelings between you aren’t just enough to overcome or compensate for the problems. However, sometimes when you spouse moves out and is no longer faced with those same problems on a daily basis, the problems no longer seem quite so insurmountable.
And sometimes, his feelings for you no longer feel so distant. There are times when he begins to miss you and he begins to realize that it might be worthwhile to once again try to address the issues that he thought were insurmountable before. And the reason that he can see this when he couldn’t see it before is that he now sees that life isn’t as wonderful as he assumed. He may not have come to this conclusion on his own if he weren’t alone and suddenly full of introspection.
Of course, I can’t tell you that this always happens. But it’s my belief and experience that you can tip the odds in your favor by not panicking and by trying to remain upbeat and positive, especially when you are interacting with your husband.
Waiting To See What Happens Is Not The Same As Putting Your Life On Hold: Sometimes, when I encourage people to hang in there for at least a little while, they mistake this to mean that they should hang on their husband’s every word or to just stay home and await his call. This isn’t what I mean. If you put your life completely on hold, you tend to become more impatient and this can come off as desperation, which, let’s face it, isn’t all that attractive.
There is nothing wrong with continuing to live your life. In fact, time and experience has told me that this is precisely what you should do. I certainly don’t mean that you should see other people or do anything that is going to jeopardize your marriage. But I do mean that you should see supportive friends who put a smile on your face instead of staying home, listening to sad songs, looking at old photos, and allowing yourself to become more and more upset.
I can paint this scenario because I myself have experienced it. I used to play the same depressing songs in the same order for night after night until I just got sick of feeling so bad and depressed. It’s very important that you don’t allow yourself to get too down right now. Him moving out doesn’t necessarily mean that your marriage is over, but it’s very important that you remain upbeat so that you can attract him with a positive attitude rather than deflecting him with a negative one.