Two places are always full at the start of January – gyms and divorce courts.
December is the time most happy couples and families enjoy with each other.
But while many snuggle up under a warm blanket with hot chocolate, many others find this period incredibly strenuous on their relationship as some eventually break.
This is perhaps why January is often referred to as breakup season, and lawyers often refer to January 8 as divorce day.
Some couples feel the pressure to have perfect Christmases – like the ones you see in festive films.
When things don’t go to plan, it can highlight their relationships are never that stable or they have already fallen out of love.
Even when they realise that their relationship is broken beyond repair, couples may feel pressured to it hold it together until the end of the holidays.
According to sexologist and therapist Carlen Costa: “This time of year evokes such an emotional response in people, that they sometimes want to hide from the negative things going on in their lives and focus on the happy stuff.”
According to a study conducted by the University of Essex, some of the most common reasons for couples to stay together include fulfilment of emotional and physical intimacy, family duty and financial advantages.
While some of the main reasons why couples break are breach of trust, bad sex life, regular conflicts, acute dislike for the partner’s personality.
Another reason why couples stay together during the holidays is societal pressure.
Couples often meet each others parents during this time, which exposes them to different family dynamics.
According to Dr. Amie Harwick: ”You may have family asking you when you’re planning on getting married, which may make you question whether or not that’s actually something you want from this specific partnership.”