Relationships aren’t always going to be easy. However, there are a lot of simple things couples can do for each other to keep going strong as the years go by. Even when times are tough, these easy actions can make a world of difference.
Here are five easy ways to make your relationship last.
Create a Common Goal
While you may have a lot in common, people tend to have their own vision of how their life plays out and goals on how to get there. When you choose to share your life with someone else, your plan might require a little adjusting. While you may be perusing your dream wedding dress, your partner may be focused on saving for a house before paying for a wedding.
Taking the time to discuss what you want out of life and creating a common goal will help you both achieve your dreams while supporting one another. Things change with time, so revisit this conversation often.
Prioritize the Little Things
There are responsibilities and aspects of your life that count as big things. For example, raising children or working. However, it’s often the little things that make or break a relationship. Positive little things, like bringing your significant other a coffee or flowers or sending them a text message to ask about their day create positive interactions.
On the other side of the equation, small negative things like not putting the laundry in the dryer when you said you would or not telling your partner that you’ll be late are seemingly small, but add up over time. Focus on the little things; they matter more than you think.
Keep it Physical
While the physical component of your relationship isn’t everything, it plays a key role in how you connect and grow. Make an effort to get physical, even when you’re tired, frumpy or really into your Netflix binge session.
While trying to spice things up in the bedroom, remember to address underlying issues as to why your sex life has waned. Monotony is totally fixable, but stress, exhaustion, and hormonal changes can throw a wrench in things. Take time to discuss the issues causing a lack of sex drive. When getting hot and heavy isn’t possible, have some quality skin-to-skin contact time for pressure-free intimacy.
Make a Positive Comment Everyday
It’s really easy to get bogged down by the weight of the world and get stuck focusing on the negative. That’s why taking the time each day to say something positive to your partner can make such an impact. It can be a personal compliment about their appearance or sharing appreciation for something they’ve done– just something nice.
This practice will also help you become more mindful and find gratitude in difficult situations. Most every day of your life will have at least one positive thing if you know how to look for it.
Be Honest and Open
Honesty and openness are so important in modern relationships. Over-Connectedness with technology can create a disconnect between humans. Learning strong communication skills– speaking without attacking and listening to understand– can create a positive space for sharing and being forthcoming.
Not being honest and open causes people to bottle up their feelings, creating fissures in the relationship that can lead to disaster. Being honest promotes trust and cultivates a long-lasting relationship.
By incorporating these five actions into your relationship, you and your partner will be able to get through the tough times and last for years to come.