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💪🏻💖 strengthen your relationship! tips & advice to keep your relationship going strong!
💪🏻💖 How to strengthen your loving relationship!
Everyone’s relationship is unique. Knowing the basic principles of healthy relationships helps keep them meaningful, fulfilling, & exciting.
What makes a healthy intimate relationship? ⏩
💪🏻💖How to strengthen your loving relationship
Everyone’s relationship is unique, and people come together for many different reasons. But there are some things that good relationships have in common. Knowing the basic principles of healthy relationships helps keep them meaningful, fulfilling and exciting in both happy times and sad:
What makes a healthy love relationship?
1⃣Staying involved with each other. Some relationships get stuck in peaceful coexistence, but without truly relating to each other and working together. While it may seem stable on the surface, lack of involvement and communication increases distance. When you need to talk about something important, the connection and understanding may no longer be there.
2⃣Getting through conflict. Some couples talk things out quietly, while others may raise their voices and passionately disagree. The key in a strong relationship, though, is not to be fearful of conflict.
(continued) ...You need to be safe to express things that bother you without fear of retaliation, and be able to resolve conflict without humiliation, degradation or insisting on being right.
3⃣Keeping outside relationships and interests alive. No one person can meet all of our needs, and expecting too much from someone can put a lot of unhealthy pressure on a relationship. Having friends and outside interests strengthens your social network and brings new insights and stimulation to the relationship.
4⃣Communicating. Honest, direct communication is a key to any relationship. When both people feel comfortable expressing their needs, fears,desires, trust and bonds are strengthened. Nonverbal cues—body language like eye contact, leaning forward/away- are critical to communication.
5⃣Keep physical intimacy alive. Touch is a fundamental part of human existence. Life without physical contact with others is a lonely life indeed. In a committed relationship between two adult partners, physical intercourse is often a cornerstone of the relationship. However, intercourse should not be the only method of physical intimacy in a relationship. Regular, affectionate touch—holding hands, hugging, or kissing—is equally important.
💪🏻💖Be sensitive to what your partner likes. While touch is a key part of a healthy relationship, it’s important to take some time to find out what your partner really likes. Unwanted touching or inappropriate overtures can make the other person tense up and retreat—exactly what you don’t want.⏩
6⃣Spend quality time together. As time goes by, children, demanding jobs, long commutes, different hobbies and other obligations can make it hard to find time together. It’s critical for your relationship, though, to make time for yourselves. If you don’t have quality time, communication and understanding start to erode.
💪🏻💖Commit to spending quality time together on a regular basis. Even during very busy and stressful times, a few minutes of really sharing and connecting can help keep bonds strong.
💪🏻💖Find something that you enjoy doing together, whether it is a shared hobby, dance class, daily walk, or sitting over a cup of coffee in the morning.
💪🏻💖Try something new together. Doing new things together can be a fun way to connect and keep things interesting. It can be as simple as trying a new restaurant or going on a day trip to a place you’ve never been before.
💪🏻💖Think about playful ways to surprise your partner, like bringing flowers or a favorite movie home unexpectedly.
💪🏻💖Learn from the “play experts” together. Playing with pets or small children can really help you reconnect with your playful side. If it’s something you do together, you also learn more about your partner and how he or she likes to have fun.
💪🏻💖Make a habit of laughing together whenever you can. Most situations are not as bleak as they appear to be when you approach them with humor.
7⃣Never stop communicating. Again...good communication is a fundamental part of a healthy relationship. When people stop communicating well, they stop relating well, and times of change or stress can really bring out disconnect. As long as you are communicating, you can work through whatever problem you’re facing.
💪🏻💖Learn your partners emotional cues.
Your partner’s responses may be different from yours. Take some time to learn your partner’s cues, and be sure to communicate your own as well.
☝🏻️For a relationship to work well, each person has to be receptive to sending and receiving nonverbal cues. Learning to understand this “body language” can help you better understand what your partner is trying to say. Think about what you are transmitting as well, and if what you say matches what
💪🏻💖Question your assumptions. Your partner is not a mind reader. While your partner may have some idea, it is much healthier to directly express your needs to avoid any confusion. Your partner may sense something, but it might not be what you need. What’s more, people change, and what you needed and wanted five years ago, for example, may be very different now.
‼️Getting in the habit of expressing your needs helps you weather difficult times, which otherwise may lead to increasing resentment, misunderstanding, and anger.
💪🏻💖Use your senses to keep stress in check. If you’re not calm and focused, you won’t be able to communicate effectively. The best way to reduce stress quickly and reliably is through the senses. But each person responds differently to sensory input, so you need to find things that are soothing to you.
8⃣Healthy relationships are built on give and take. If you expect to get what you want 100% of a time in a relationship, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Healthy relationships are built on compromise, and it takes work on each person’s part to make sure that there is a reasonable exchange.
💪🏻💖Recognize what's important to your partner. Knowing what is truly important to your partner can go a long way towards building goodwill and an atmosphere of compromise. It's also important for your partner to recognize your wants and for you to state them clearly. Constantly compromising your needs for others' will build resentment and anger.
💪🏻💖Don't make winning your goal. It’s okay to have strong convictions about something, but your partner deserves to be heard as well. You are more likely to get your needs met if you respect what your partner needs, and compromise when you can.
☝🏻️Respectfully resolve conflict. Conflict is inevitable in any relationship, but to keep a relationship strong, both people need to feel they’ve been heard. The goal is not to win but to resolve the conflict with respect and love.
Make sure you are fighting fair:
🚫Don't attack someone directly; use “I” statements to communicate how you feel. 🚫Don’t drag old arguments into the mix. ✔️Keep the focus on the issue at hand, and respect the other person.
9⃣Expect ups & downs. You won’t always be on the same page. Sometimes one partner may be struggling with an issue that stresses them. Other events, like job loss or severe health problems, can affect both partners and make it difficult to relate to each other. You might have different ideas of managing finances or raising children. Different people cope with stress differently, and misunderstanding can rapidly turn to frustration and anger.
🚫Don’t take out your problems on your partner.
🚫Don't ignore problems.
‼️Some problems are bigger than both of you.
✔️Be open to change.