Tips for Keeping Your Relationship Healthy
Pointers on keeping healthy relationships are important, but these days we get all caught up with work, bills, children, launching your own businesses, and everything else in-between. With all of that going on, we sometimes forget to spend time with our significant others. We’ve allowed our goals and dreams to cloud our day-to-day, and we end up months or even years down the road, wondering what we could have done differently. Then we think back to the beginning of our relationships when we were so excited to be around each other. Well, guess what, it’s never too late to get back to that place. I’ve seen a fair share of healthy relationships, and will give you a few tips that can help get your relationship back on track.
1. Date Night
You remember those. Start by taking a night off every week and spend time with each other. Even if it’s for an hour or two. You can go out for dinner and a movie, or tuck the kids in early and catch up on your favorite shows, cuddled up on the couch.
I said intimacy, not sex! A lot of us get the two mixed up. They aren’t the same. Intimacy is being connected to your partner, whether through deeds or conversation (one can have sex with a partner, and it means absolutely nothing). Listening to your partner and taking a genuine interest in the things they like is very important. There is nothing more rewarding than having the support of your significant other.
Have healthy conversations. Don’t sit on or bury disagreements. They will fester and cause issues down the road. Look at it this way. Imagine having a rug in the middle of your living room. Every time you sweep, instead of getting rid of the dirt the right way, you sweep in under your rug. After doing that regularly, your rug will become a hindrance because it will be covering heaps of trash! (Read between the lines).
5. Try Something New
Relationships will fade away if we consistently bring the same things to the table. People grow and evolve, and so should relationships. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
If you didn’t get a chance, check out my last blog post, Confessions of a Newlywed. It talks about things my husband and I had to do to keep our relationship healthy, especially throughout the first year of our marriage. It’s not always going to be easy, but it can be worth it if you put in the same effort that you want to get in return. These tips for keeping your relationship healthy, are only a few, but it’s a start.