There are plenty of blogs and articles out there that are raring to offer you advice on how to get the healthiest body or improve your diet, but not many people cover what you need to do for a nourished and fighting-fit relationship. Finding the man or woman of your dreams is only half the battle when it comes to discovering true happiness in love. The rest is maintaining and building that relationship into something that will hopefully stay with you for the rest of your life. Here are some tips on how you can make a good relationship into something truly great.
1.) Remember What it Was Like When You First Started Dating
As the years and months move by, we can often find ourselves falling into a sense of laziness within our relationship. Completely by accident, it seems that we start to lose our gentle nature, our patience, and our thoughtfulness with our other halves, reducing the effort we once made at wooing the one we love. Try to take some time to think about what you were like during the first year of your relationship. What did you used to do for your partner, and is there anything that you should be doing now that you’ve let go of?
2.) Tell Them What You want
Just as we can begin to get complacent in long term relationships, we also regularly assume that our other half knows us well enough that we never actually have to ask for what we want. Unfortunately, allowing ourselves to make this assumption means that expectations quickly grow too high, and just as quickly, they get deflated and we find ourselves feeling disappointed. Our unmet expectations can leave us questioning the viability of our connection and partnership – so why not reduce the problem and simply ask for what you want?
3.) Check In With Each other Regularly
Communication is hugely important when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship. Whether you have long conversations every night or short chats on a regular basis, make sure that you keep talking – and you know what’s going on in your significant other’s life.
- Ask about what they did the previous week at work
- Talk about something that bothered you
- Ask what you might want to plan for the coming months, weeks, or days.
4.) Spend Time Together Creatively
Stop allowing yourself to fall into the same old “dinner and a movie” routine, and try something different. A little bit of novelty can be essential for rejuvenating a relationship, and you don’t have to have a huge budget to make this work! Jump on the internet and check out some “cheap date ideas”. The chances are you’ll be blown away by just how many options are available to you.
5.) Give Each other a Break
Distractions from work and other parts of life can grow huge in our minds, leaving very little energy or time for our partners. Give each other a break when you start to be distracted, but don’t forget to set some time aside every now and again to take a vacation from the other things that could be bothering you in life, so that you can simply focus on your loved one.