Hint: Going to Therapy can be a relationship-saver!
Having romantic relationships is good for our health..It really is! It contributes to our happiness and all around well-being. With that being said, when your in a romantic relationship, you want to keep it as happy and harmonious as possible.
However, we all know that being in a relationship isn’t easy and it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. Things happen, people change, and relationships grow up a part. But, when you’re truly in love with someone, you will do anything to keep that relationship going. Here are a few tips (from some experts) on how to have a healthy, happy relationship with your bae!
Being able to openly communicate is key in a healthy relationship. Happy couples make the time to talk to each about anything and everything. Connecting with your partner on a deeper level enhances your connection and can keep you together for the long term.
“Disagreements are part of any partnership, but some fighting styles are particularly damaging. Couples that use destructive behavior during arguments — such as yelling, resorting to personal criticisms or withdrawing from the discussion — are more likely to break up than are couples that fight constructively. Examples of constructive strategies for resolving disagreements include attempting to find out exactly what your partner is feeling, listening to his or her point of view and trying to make him or her laugh.”
Keep Things Interesting
When you have been with someone for an extended period of time, its only natural to fall into a routine that can become mundane and boring. Plan regular dates and be sure to make time for intimacy.
“Intimacy is also a critical component of romantic relationships. Some busy couples find it helpful to schedule sex by putting it on the calendar. It may not be spontaneous to have it written in red ink, but setting aside time for an intimate encounter helps ensure that your physical and emotional needs are met.”
Know when to seek couples counseling
Going to therapy is nothing be ashamed of. Sometimes it takes that third party to get your relationship back on track. No relationship is perfect and everyone has their up and downs.The key is knowing when to reach out help. Ideally, you shouldn’t wait until your relationship is beyond repair to reach out for help. Once marriage talk is on the table, you should consider attending couples counseling with your partner.
“You don’t have to wait until a relationship shows signs of trouble before working to strengthen your union. Marital education programs that teach skills such as good communication, effective listening and dealing with conflict have been shown to reduce the risk of divorce.”
Moral of the story here – don’t sleep on therapy ya’ll! It’s already hard to find a good, compatible partner, don’t lose the one you got and compromise your happiness. Let’s these 3 tips serve as a guide to staying in a happy and healthy relationship in 2019.