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Relationship Advice: 10 Tips for Maintaining Your Relationship

When a relationship begins it’s fresh, exciting and new. Both partners want to please one another and feel gratified by seeing their partner happy. As time progresses the relationship get’s deeper and even more gratifying as the two of you share a history together, but sometimes in the daily grind of life, we forget to do the little things that keep our relationship strong and healthy. Here is a list of simple ideas to inject some life into your relationship and keep it on track.
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  1. Remember what it was that attracted you to each other in the first place. Those qualities are still present in your partner but after some time we can fail to notice them anymore. By becoming more appreciative of your partner’s good qualities you focus on them and this awareness promotes a positive exchange between the two of you and you may discover a renewed closeness in the relationship.
  2. Be courteous of one another. Sometimes we forget good manners when it comes to our partner. Saying a simple “thank you” when they do something helpful or something special for you makes them feel appreciated.
  3. “Date nights”. A regular date night is a great way to spend quality time together without all the distractions. Dress up and look your best, take the time to impress each other again. Go to your favourite restaurant, watch a movie, take a walk along the beach, go out for a coffee, or rent a movie, turn off the phones, light some candles and get a takeaway meal. The purpose of this night is to give you time to just enjoy being together and focus on one another.
  4. Send each other a message. With all the technology at our disposal it’s never been easier to keep in contact with each other. Send a short text just to say hello or I love you or what are you doing? It lets your partner know you are thinking of them and will put a smile on their face. If you have a bit more time send an e-mail and list the reasons you love them, or write a poem or send them an outline of the kind of day you would like to spend with them.
  5. Learn the art of conversation. Improving your communication skills can definitely strengthen your relationship. Often we don’t actually listen properly when we are being spoken to but rather we are half listening, while formulating our response or waiting to bring up a topic of our choice. Try to actually listen when your partner is talking, taking in their facial expression, body language, tone of voice as well as their words, then respond appropriately when it’s your turn to speak. Also remember that as much as we need our partners to listen to our complaints and problems, nobody wants to listen to that all of the time. Make some of your exchanges light and fun, talk about each other’s interests, talk about your dreams and hopes and remember to listen!
  6. We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
    – Sam Keen, (in To love and be loved)

  7. Be affectionate with each other. Hold hands, hug and kiss regularly. Wake up every morning and take the time to give each other a cuddle and greet each other after a day apart with a smile, a kiss and a long hug.
  8. Maintain a healthy love life. The intimacy experienced during and after lovemaking strengthens the loving feeling between couples. One of the advantages of a long-term relationship is that the couple has built a trust and understanding of each other and these leads to more intimate and gratifying sex. Regular lovemaking is good for your relationship and even your health!
  9. Spend some time on a common interest together. Find something you both enjoy or think about trying something new. You could take up a class, a sport, dance lessons or a hobby that you would both enjoy.
  10. Don’t try to change each other. Accept and appreciate your partner for the person they are. Focus on the positives in your relationship instead of the negatives. Often the more you praise the positives, the more of that behavior will come your way. Nobody wants to be told what they do wrong all the time.
  11. Treat your partner the way you would like to be treated. It’s a basic idea but a really powerful one. Start behaving in the way you would like them to and watch to see the way they start to behave with you. Treat each other always with the upmost respect, this is one of the most significant relationships of your life and deserves to be treated as such.

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