We all know that maintaining a healthy relationship is a crucial aspect of any marriage or long-term partnership. But, how do we do that day in and day out? There have certainly been times in my relationships when I have wanted to throw in the towel when the going gets tough... and there have also been times when I have felt bored and unmotivated in keeping up the momentum. As the years go by, it's easy to fall into a routine and take each other for granted. However,
there are a few things that couples can do to
keep their relationships strong.
One of the most important tips is to communicate regularly. This means taking the time to listen to your partner and share your own thoughts and feelings. It's essential to be honest and open with each other, even when it's difficult. Put down your phones and take the time to talk about your day. We, The Bonded Box Founders, have touched on this before in previous blog posts, and we have also dedicated a chapter on healthy communication in our workbook, Where Intimacy Begins, so this is very important in our opinion.
Another key aspect is to make time for each other. This may mean scheduling date nights or weekend getaways, or simply spending time together at home. It's important to show your partner that they are a priority in your life. And, it's healthy for both of you to have a little fun!! Get out of the routine and spice things up by doing something exciting together. This is a great way to connect and to strengthen your relationship.
It's also important to show appreciation for your partner. This can be as simple as saying thank you for doing the dishes or bringing home a small gift after a long day at work. These small gestures can go a long way in making your partner feel valued and loved. Making dinner for my partner and and sharing a bottle of wine while listening to mellow and romantic playlist is one of my favorite ways to show appreciation to my partner. You never know where the night may take you...
Lastly, it's important to work through disagreements and conflicts in a healthy way. This means avoiding name-calling, yelling, or other hurtful behaviors. Instead, focus on finding a solution and compromising when necessary. Take accountability when you're to blame and stay calm. Empathizing with your partner when they are trying to be vulnerable and sharing their thoughts will help them feel like a valued and respected part of the relationship. Take the time to really connect. This will work wonders in any relationship.
So, instead of giving up or feeling unmotivated about the fact that you are with one person for the rest of your life, change your perspective and add in the tips to strengthen your bond. Longevity in a relationship leads to growth, fulfillment and joy when the effort is put in the right places. Why not build a healthy and exciting connection with your partner that lasts a lifetime?
Thank you for reading and we look forward to reading your feedback. Please share your tips in the comments section below.