Going Through A Rough Patch With Your Husband? Learn To Write An Emotional Letter To Help Smooth The Bumps

You and your husband are going through a whole new level of bumpy

Whatever’s going on between you, though, one of the best ways to deal with it is to write it out.

Put your thoughts and feelings into words. 

Journaling is one way to do this.

But writing a letter to your husband, who shares responsibility for your marriage, can get you even closer to a solution

So, where do you begin?

How Do I Write An Emotional Letter to My Husband? 

Troubled relationship letters aren’t necessarily a harbinger of doom. More times than not, they’re an invitation to discuss the problems in your relationship and to get on the same page. 

With that in mind, let’s get some dos and don’ts out of the way: 

Letter-Writing Dos: 

  1. Do be honest about how you feel, and don’t leave out anything important. 
  2. Do remember to show appreciation for something he’s said or done.
  3. Do try to read it from your husband’s perspective before revising it.

Letter-Writing Don’ts: 

  1. Don’t use this letter to accuse, blame, or criticize your partner. 
  2. Don’t write the letter when you’re tired, angry, or intoxicated.  
  3. Don’t skip the revision process.

Letter to My Husband During Difficult Times: 7 Sample Letter Ideas for Different Situations 

Look through the following example letters for ideas on what to write to your husband or boyfriend regarding whatever you’re facing together.

Make a note of the points you want to make and anything you’d like to add to make your letter more personal. 

1. Letter to Husband Who Hurt You

Dear Husband/[Name], 

I know you’ve come to dread the words, “We need to talk,” so I’m trying a letter this time. I don’t want to leave you wondering why I’ve been pulling away from you lately, so it’s best just to be honest with you about something that happened the other day. 

[Describe what happened in neutral language, without making assumptions about anyone’s intentions and without projecting your emotions on anyone. The way you see the incident in question is probably not how others perceive it.]

I’m writing this because I believe you would want to know if something you said or did has hurt me, so I’m letting you know. Please return the favor if there’s something I’ve said or done that has caused you pain. 

I love you!

Your wife

2. Letter Telling Your Husband You Are Not Happy.

Dear Husband/[Name], 

I don’t know what you’ve noticed in my behavior lately, and I’d like to hear any questions you might have. 

letter to my husband during difficult times

Whatever we’re both going through right now—separately and as a couple—I want to be honest with you about what I’m feeling and what I’d like to do about it. 

So, I’m writing this to let you know I am struggling. While I don’t blame you for this, I haven’t been happy for months now, and I’m still trying to pin down the reasons why. 

What would really help me right now is if we could talk for at least an hour at a time at least once a week to check in with each other. I want to know where you are, too, because I want us both to be happy. 

If you agree, what time works for you?

Your wife/[Your Name]

3. Letter to My Boyfriend During Difficult Times

Dear Boyfriend/[Name]: 

You’ve always had a way of knowing when I need a hug, and I love that about you. Now that we’re going through this together, I’m gonna need more of those than ever. 

I knew this situation would be challenging, but I doubt I could get through this without you. There’s no one else in the world I’d rather have with me.  

I trust that, whatever happens, we will find a way together to work through it. And I hope you know I’m ready to do my part. Let’s talk about what we each need, and I’m committed to helping you get your needs met.

This situation has been so painful for both of us, but I hope you won’t withdraw. As we work this out (and I know we can), please keep me at your side instead of leaving me behind.  

You have my trust and my whole heart. 

Your girlfriend/[Your Name]

4. A Letter to My Husband About Our Relationship

Dear Husband/[Name], 

I’ve noticed some changes in our marriage and would like to talk to you about them. Our regular check-in talks with each other have become far less frequent, and I’d like to reverse that trend and spend more time connecting with you. 

I’ve been grateful for the connection we have, and I want us to spend time each week not only keeping it alive but making it stronger. I believe that’s possible because the foundation is still there. 

I know we disagree on some things, but at our core, we make a phenomenal team. I know life can get in the way of couple-time, but this is me pushing back. I want to spend more time with you because you’re still my favorite person. 

Please let me know what day and time work for you for an hour of talking (and whatever that might lead to). 

Your wife/[Your Name]


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5. Sample Letter to Husband About Feeling Unwanted

Dear Husband/[Name]: 

It’s not easy to write a letter about this, especially when I’m not sure whether writing this letter will lead to anything I want. But you need to know that I’ve been feeling not only taken for granted but even unwanted by you. 

I remember the way you used to look at me, and that look isn’t there anymore. What I see more often now is boredom, distraction, condescension, or annoyance. I don’t remember the last time you looked genuinely happy to see me. 

I know you’re busy with work and with everything else on your plate. But if you’ve fallen out of love with me or grown tired of me, please just tell me — with as much kindness as honesty. I won’t break. 

So, talk to me, please. Let me know where we stand. 

Your wife/[Your Name]

6. Encouragement Letter to My Husband

Dear Husband/[Name]: 

I wanted to write this letter to tell you what I’ve noticed in you, which has helped me feel stronger despite the added stress and exhaustion we’re both feeling. 

You seem to have just taken everything in and, with your trademark combination of intelligence and humility, reached a decision we can both feel good about, even though it’s not an easy one. 

letter to my husband during difficult times

I have complete trust that, whatever happens, we’ll draw some good from it. Thank you for always hearing my input and considering my suggestions when you have such a tough decision to make. It’s one of the many things I love about you. 

I hope this letter serves as a reminder of my trust in you. You’ve more than earned it. I love you and am continually impressed by you. 

Love, your wife/[Your Name]

7. Letter to My Husband about Starting Couple’s Counseling. 

Dear Husband/[Name]: 

I don’t want every conversation we have about our marriage to turn into an argument. We need a skilled and patient referee to help us work through our challenges. I’ve done some digging and found someone I think we’ll both like, and she has an opening. 

We have a tentative appointment set, but I can change it if a different time would be more convenient. Please talk to me after you finish reading this letter so I can tell you the date and time, and you can tell me whether you can be there. 

If getting our marriage headed in a better direction is still something you want, I really hope you’ll be as ready to try this as I am. 

I love you! 

Your wife/[Your Name]

When and How to Give Your Emotional Letter to Your Husband 

Here are some ideas on the timing and presentation of your letter: 

  • Try to avoid presenting it when he’s exhausted or agitated about something.
  • Don’t present the letter right before bedtime or as he’s leaving for work.
  • Find a calm time when you’re together to offer the letter and be present while he reads it.
  • Don’t pester him to read it or quiz him on its contents.
  • Let him decide when to read it and when to talk about it with you.
  • If he avoids responding to it, ask for a specific time you can talk together.
  • You can also use a shared notebook so that he can write a response.

You know your husband/boyfriend better than we do, and you probably have some idea of the best (or least worst) timing. Just remember to put your heart into your letter, keep it honest, and don’t try to guess how he’ll respond to it. 

Now that you’ve looked through all these ideas for writing a letter to your husband or boyfriend during difficult times, which points stood out for you? And when will you start writing your own letter? 

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