When you’re in a relationship, challenges and obstacles along the way will likely test the bond and trust between you and your partner. These difficult times may leave you wondering whether your relationship can actually survive and last long. You may also ask yourself what exactly are the things you should do to make your relationship stronger and eliminate doubts for good.
You don’t have to just go with the flow and do nothing to improve your current relationship. The following 15 steps can help you foster a solid, steady and healthy relationship that withstands trials and brings out the best in you and your better half.
1. Keep an open line of communication.
Constantly talking, even about the most mundane things, greatly helps strengthen the bond between you and your significant other. The topic doesn’t really matter; just open up and talk about anything that interests you, whether it’s about your new favorite food or a funny video you saw earlier.
2. Speak your mind.
Instead of holding in turbulent emotions, express how you feel and what you think. Don’t wait until your pent-up anger explodes and leads to a situation that’s hard to mend. Whenever there’s a problem, talk to your partner sincerely so the two of you can resolve it and nip it in the bud before the issue gets worse.
3. Follow your gut feeling.
Do you feel that something just seems off lately? Don’t brush it off quickly. Trust your instincts, whether your gut is telling you that something’s wrong or right.
4. Be honest and direct.
Don’t leave your partner feeling like you’re a complex puzzle that requires plenty of guesswork. Let your significant other know when you’re happy, sad, annoyed or overflowing with love. Encourage them to do the same too.
5. Spend some alone time with each other.
Have you tried simply lounging around and comfortably watching a movie at home with just the two of you? How about reading a good book together? It’s in moments like these that couples solidify their trust and get much closer to each other.
6. Do something surprising.
Be unpredictable once in awhile. Surprise your partner with a romantic candlelight dinner, a short vacation tn’ p or a simple gift that you spontaneously bought while shopping.
7. Learn to forgive and move forward.
It’s always tough to forgive, especially when you felt hurt so much. But when you really love someone, you’ll be able to forgive and let go. Trials are a way to make relationships stronger, so you and your partner should learn from your mistakes, work hard to be better from then on, and avoid bringing up past arguments.
8. Motivate each other.
Be the number one cheerleader for your partner, and encourage them to achieve their goals. Say encouraging words and show your support through actions as well.
9. Appreciate your partner’s characteristics.
Looking beyond physical appearances, express your appreciation for your partner’s good qualities that define them as a person. Let them know how you love their sense of humor or how they instantly brighten up your day with just a smile.
10. Maintain your individuality.
While you and your significant other may feel like your hearts beat as one, it’s still important to spend time for yourself to keep your own identity. Continue doing some of the things that you did before on your own, like going to a yoga class or doing meditation for self-reflection.
11. Don’t keep count.
When it comes to household chores and responsibilities, be sure not to aggressively keep track of who does which to avoid unnecessary conflicts Assign tasks fairly and equally, and strive to help each other instead of competing.
12. Be each others best friend.
You’re not just each others lover; you’re also great friends who respect and have fun with each other. Being a wonderful friend means you’re in for both the good and bad times, and you won’t easily give up during hardships
13. Give room for growth.
Build a positive relationship by letting each other grow together instead of holding back one another. Change is but natural, but with an inspiring relationship, you’ll both be able to change for the better.
14. Take interest in each others hobbies
Try both the things that your partner likes to have opportunities to know them better. You may just discover new activities that you actually enjoy doing.
15. Celebrate the little things
It’s not just promotions and major achievements that you have to celebrate; even the small, seemingly unimportant things, like getting a parking spot in a bustling area, are a good cause for celebration.
These are some of the steps you can take to build trust, deepen your bond and ensure your relationship lasts long. When the two of you communicate constantly, take interest in what each other does, add an element of surprise every now and then, and put in effort, you’ll most likely have a solid, resilient relationship that stays strong.