Getting Through The Tough Parts Of Relationships
Relationships can be hard. In fact, they’re always hard. Even if you and your partner love one another, support one another, and feel “right” together, there will still be conflicts and problems along the way. That’s part of the human experience; we clash with others, whether they’re family, friends, or strangers. Of course, in a romantic relationship, it becomes even more important to resolve those conflicts because you’re spending all of your time with this person and your connection is much more intimate. If you’re struggling to get through the tough parts of your relationship then here are some pieces of advice.
You’ve properly heard that “communication is key in a relationship” a thousand times before but that’s because it’s true. If you and your partner are keeping your issues bottled up inside for the sake of avoiding conflict then this will manifest itself in the form of unaired resentment and bitterness. That’s much worse than talking through your differences, even if such discussions do become heated and uncomfortable. You need to work through those discussions in order for you both to understand one another and do more to make one another happy in the relationship.
Of course, communication might always lead to the realization that you and your partner just aren’t working together. As sad a realization as this may be, it’s better to come to this mutual decision rather than stubbornly deciding to push onwards. Getting through the tough parts of relationships is about understanding when things can and can’t be salvaged. You might still be able to have some form of relationship in the form of a friendship with a partner if you communicate and accept that things aren’t working. If you’re married or even have children then it becomes particularly important to remain amicable with your ex-partner. You might want to look into lawyers who can help with the divorce process so as to ensure this happens. The thing to remember is that there’s always a way to retain a friendly and healthy relationship with an ex-partner if you’re both willing to communicate and resolve differences.
You don’t have to take your partner on a spontaneous vacation every weekend but an important part of a relationship is putting in the effort to make your partner happy. Whilst it’s healthy to be in a comfortable and sensible routine, you don’t want to become too comfortable and stop doing interesting or new things together as a couple. Get a little creative with dates and activities. Instead of taking your partner for a meal, take them out somewhere during the day. Perhaps it’ll be an activity they love or perhaps it’ll be something neither of you has ever tried before. Just remember to put in the effort to break up the routine every now and then with something fun. It’ll show your partner that you care and they’ll return the favour.
Whilst you might have expected to see many of the suggestions in this list, one important aspect of maintaining a healthy relationship that you may not have considered is simply for you and your partner to keep yourselves healthy. Your physical and mental health are interlinked; when one suffers, the other suffers. And when your mental health is in a poor condition, this will affect your relationship with your partner (along with your friends and family, for that matter). You should both work on things such as going to bed at the same time and getting a healthy amount of sleep so that you’re both not only spending more time together but less likely to argue the next day as the result of sleep deprivation. You could try working out together too; you’ll be keeping healthy together and that might inspire you both to keep at it (it’s a fun couple activity, of sorts).