It’s easy for your significant other’s obsession with sports to strain your relationship. If your spouse devotes a huge chunk of their time and emotional energy into their favorite team, here is how to strike a balance without interfering with their pastime.
Join in the Fun
One of the easiest ways to resolve the sports-relationship conflict is by joining in the fun. Take time to learn the basics of the games that form your partner’s obsession and then give it a try. The social experience of enjoying a game with other people can be infectious.
Sports can be an emotional roller coaster, from hope if you root for the underdog to joy when your team scores to humor from watching the fanatics.
Trying to join in on some of your partner’s enthusiasm will go a long way in improving your relationship.
Even if you don’t enjoy sports, your significant other would probably love it if you stayed in the same room with them while they watch. Don’t take this as an invitation, though, to talk about your day or about how you nailed a presentation at the office.
Give your significant other space to concentrate on the match. You can still be in the same room but do your own thing, like reading a book or working on your computer.
Did you know that a little conflict can be useful for your relationship? Most people focus on the bad side of conflicts. They fail to see how it helps strengthen their bond. It’s not really about the conflict but about how you both handle the situation and manage your differences. How you respond can determine whether your relationship can survive hard times.
Every couple needs some “me time.” It’s vital for a healthy relationship to keep space between you and your better half. It doesn’t hurt to let your partner enjoy their favorite sports without you. But keep things in balance by finding time to do something together.
Consider going with him to his favorite games or invite him to sit with you while you watch your favorite sitcom. Try to also find some joint interests. If you’re both into fitness, you can start working out together. You can even try making some money wagering on his favorite sports on Sbobet.
A report by ESPN in 2011 showed that over 200 million viewers watched the regular college football season. A different report by Harris Poll showed that 59% of Americans watch professional football. This goes to show that the majority of couples across the globe go through the same thing and are still able to work through their relationships.
Understanding these facts can go a long way in making things better. Just know that conflict over sports does not mean that your relationship is unworkable or doomed.