To achieve a successful relationship, it is essential that you are willing to put the work in. If you are going to avoid getting set in your ways, you will need to have an open mind about what the future holds. Rather than putting up with the negative aspects of your pairing, you should be striving for more. There are so many empowering ways for you to improve your relationship, so there is no need to hold back. Working together, you and your partner can create a wonderful union that is positive, fulfilling, and enjoyable. It will require a substantial amount of time and effort, but eventually, you will get there. Below are 5 tips to help improve your relationship.
The first tip is to boost your confidence, whilst encouraging your partner to do the same. This is an excellent way for you to strengthen your relationship. Instead of relying on your loved one for an endless amount of support and praise, you will find it easier to know your own worth. Of course, it will still be nice to receive compliments from your other half, but you will no longer be dependent on this kind of attention. That is why you should endeavor to overcome your insecurities until you have successfully enhanced your self-esteem.
Help your loved one to work through their own insecurities too. Perhaps they feel terrible about their weight. Why not assist them in getting fit and active? Or, maybe they are troubled by hair loss. Why not go online to review options that could be suitable?
The next tip is to take a step back and look at your group of friends. If you are determined to improve your relationship, you will need to strike the right balance between having your own friends and socializing alongside your other half. Ideally, you should have at least one other couple to spend time with. This will create a fantastic opportunity for you to connect with people who understand your situation.
Hopefully, they will support you through the rough times without passing judgment or taking sides. You should also find it easier to speak positively about your relationship, as it won’t feel as though you are bragging. However, there may be times when you need your own friends. If your other half is uncomfortable with you having this option, you should view their outlook as a warning sign. You need to remember that you are a person in your own right. Even if you are extremely similar to your partner, it still makes perfect sense for you to have your own acquaintances.
If this is not yet the case, set yourself the challenge of finding two or three new friends by the end of the year. You don’t have to spend all of your time with them, but every now and then you should make an effort to socialize independently.
If you are an extremely hard working and ambitious individual, it is likely that you care an awful lot about your job. This is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it is incredibly healthy to have your own career path and exciting plans for the future. Whatever you do, don’t hold back from telling your loved one about your job. If they truly care about you, they should be willing to hear you out, ask questions, and offer you advice. In return, you should take an active interest in your partner’s career.
In addition to this, sit down with your other half to discuss any negative side effects of working so hard. It might be that they are spending too much time in the office. Why not compromise by planning a relaxing vacation or a short weekend away together? Or, it could be that you are always distant and distracted during the evenings. Why not resolve the situation by switching off your devices and temporarily ignoring your work emails? Take comfort in knowing you are making time to improve your relationship.
You will also need to speak honestly and openly to your partner when it comes to reflecting on your relationship. Rather than making do with a setup you are unhappy with, instead evaluate your situation regularly. If you do this with your partner, it is important that you talk through your issues in a respectful and empathetic way. You should also place a heavy emphasis on the positive elements of your relationship and your willingness to move forward as a pair.
Alternatively, if you decide to do you reflecting independently, you will need to find a safe space that provides you with some perspective. Why not organize a solo trip to a relaxing setting? Or, if you don’t have the time or money to spare, you could always try meditation and use this activity as a way to sort through your feelings.
Last but not least, set yourself relationship goals. No matter how satisfied you are with your current relationship, there is always room for improvement. It is also vital that you acknowledge the fact that both you and your partner are continually evolving. Over the years your likes, your dislikes, your circumstances, and your opinions are going to change. Consequently, your relationship should be moving forward at the same pace. Otherwise, you could find yourself growing further and further apart from the one you love.
If you are going to prevent this from happening, you will need to take efforts to stay connected to your partner. Look for exciting projects that you two can tackle together, for example. This could be anything from building flat pack furniture to running a marathon. Also, set your sights on important milestones that you would like to experience together. If it is a relatively new relationship, it might feel a little odd to discuss your goals so early on. However, it is important to establish whether or not you are on the same page.
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That’s so funny because these are all things I’ve actively done without realising they’ve improved my life in positive ways… so it’s nice to realise that from reading your post! Thank you. X
I like the thought about creating relationship goals Christy. I always think of goals in terms of work, but never my personal life. I think you hit the nail on the head – I need to start realizing what is successful in my efforts at work will work for my successes at home too. Thank you for helping me realize that!
A wonderful article – yet again – you are very talented – thank you for sharing your wisdom! hugs!
This is a pocket size bible of healthy happy relationships, should go everywhere with us! Excellent post Christy!
I loved the way you jotted the thoughts and expressed the important points for a beautiful relationship
My pleasure 😇
I really like this post, especially your point about finding time to reflect on your relationship. So often we just go through life hoping our relationship will be great. But unless you actually take time to think about what you want out of it and what your partner wants, it can easily go down a bad path. Putting your desires and your partner’s desires at the forefront of your mind is very important, but easily forgotten.
Nice tips, Christy, on improving relationshipship. It is an ongoing process in which each partner needs to make a commitment. Have a wonderful weekend!
Do you think one of the eventual goals that should be discussed early is having a family/children?
So my love and I are kinda sorta in each other’s orbit again. Both of us have realized more of the ways how we handle relationship matters are entrenched with issues relating back to childhood wounds. I’m learning how not to overreact. That’s a big one for me.
Good advice I think!
YOU ARE SPOT ON HUN!!!!!
Where are you from
You seem to capture my mind all the time. There is never a moment when I don’t think about you or miss your presence. Your love takes over me all the time. I feel so weak in your love.
Love the section on setting goals! As always, great post!
Great tips, Christy! Having a healthy, long-lasting relationship with a significant other takes hard work, but can be one of the most rewarding parts of our lives.
This is very good advice, Christy, especially what you have said about jobs and working. This can be an issue in a relationship and it is best to ensure your partner understands your goals right up front.
Excellent article Christy. It’s amazing how similar we are with our writings about relationships. <3
You’ll know your relationship works if you still adore each other 30 years later. :)
This was so nicely written! I was able to agree with everything you wrote as someone who’s been in a relationship for almost 3 years now. I think being open to each other and actively listening to your partner is very crucial in order to maintain a healthy relationship! I’ve learned that it’s not good to bottle things up inside because that just creates misunderstandings and that when my boyfriend explains his side of the situation, I carefully listen and not interrupt to state my point. Thanks so much for this!!!
Weldone, Nice writeup
Omg so much truth in what you have said.. it’s funny, little conscious tweaks here and there makes a big difference! Thanks for sharing 👍🏾
Awwwww thank you Christy! 😘💛
This is a very empowering post.
Thank you for sharing this message.
such excellent bits of advice. Best of luck to everyone.
Beautiful. Your posts are so well written. I can’t wait to read more.
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