Important Tough times are a reality for every couple. Couples may face major life transitions like such as a new baby, new job or health crisis or retirement. They may face ongoing stressors, like negative work environment, a spouse’s bad health, death of a friend or family member, a financial crisis. Healthy couples get through these tough times — and tough times can even help a couple get closer. While all of us are affected by tough times, additional stress can attribute to a romantic relationship. It is important to acknowledge the stressful situation and work through this situation as a couple. It is important to recognize the challenging situation.