Times are tough, and they’re only getting tougher. We all know that keeping our relationships strong is more important than ever, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that. Here are 10 ways to ensure your relationship survives and thrives in these uncertain times.
Communication is key.
The most important thing you can do in any relationship is to communicate. Talk to each other about what’s going on in your lives, good and bad. Share your fears and concerns, and be there to support each other.
Talk openly and honestly with your partner about what you’re both feeling. That way, you’ll have a better understanding of each other’s needs and can support each other through tough times.
Don’t bottle things up. If something is bothering you, talk to your partner about it. It’s better to air out any issues than to let them fester and cause problems down the road.
Money problems can put a strain on any relationship.
Money problems can be a major source of stress, so it’s important to communicate with each other about your finances. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, be open and honest with your partner. This way, they can help you develop a plan to deal with the situation.
Spend Time Together.
Amid a hectic and uncertain world, it’s more important than ever to make time for your partner. Whether it’s going on a date night (in or out), taking a walk together, or just snuggling up on the couch, carving out time for quality time is crucial.
Make time for each other. Even in the busiest times, it’s important to find time for your relationship. Set aside some time each week to spend with your partner, without any distractions. Just make sure you spend some quality time together to reconnect and remember why you’re together.
Do things together. Try to think outside the box and do something different together. Take a cooking or dance class, go for a hike or bike ride, or check out a new museum. Even if you’re not in the mood, try to find some time for intimacy.
Support each other.
We all need a little support sometimes, and your partner is no exception. Be there for them when they need you, and offer words of encouragement (and maybe a shoulder to cry on).
If your partner is going through a tough time, be there for them. Listen to them, offer support, and let them know you’re there for them.
Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Some people get angry, some withdraw, and others lash out. It’s important to understand how your partner deals with stress and be there for them in that way.
If your partner is dealing with stress by getting angry, try to be understanding and calm. If they’re withdrawing, try to get them to open up and talk to you. And if they lash out, try to defuse the situation and help them calm down.
No one is perfect, and chances are you and your partner will argue from time to time. When this happens, it’s important to work through the conflict and resolve it. It’s important to deal with them constructively so that they don’t become bigger problems down the road.
If you and your partner disagree, try to talk it out. Be respectful of each other, and listen to what the other person has to say. Try to come to a resolution that makes both of you happy.
Be honest with each other, listen to each other’s points of view, and come to a resolution. Sometimes conflict can’t be resolved, and that’s OK. Just agree to disagree and move on.
And if you can’t seem to resolve the conflict on your own or let them go, seek help from a third party. A therapist or counselor can help you and your partner work through your issues and come to a resolution.
In these uncertain times, it’s important to be flexible. Things will change, and you’ll need to be able to roll with the punches.
If your partner’s work schedule changes, be understanding. If your plans change, be willing to go with the flow. And if your budget needs to be adjusted, be ready to make compromises.
The one thing that shouldn’t be flexible is your commitment to each other. No matter what changes come your way, always keep your relationship a priority.
In any relationship, it’s important to make an effort. Show your partner you care by doing things for them, even if it’s just small things. For example, make them breakfast in bed, give them a massage, or do something meaningful to them.
The little things count, so make sure you do something every day to show your partner you care.
Don’t criticize them in public or in front of others.
If you disagree, try to deal with it privately. Criticizing your partner in public – or worse, in front of others – is not only hurtful, but it can also damage your relationship.
No one likes to feel put down, and your partner is no exception. Save any criticisms for when you’re alone, and try to be constructive with your feedback.
If you have to criticize your partner, do it in private. This way, they won’t feel put down or attacked, and they’ll be more likely to listen to what you have to say. Criticizing them in public will only make them feel defensive and make the problem worse. This will only make them feel bad and could damage their self-esteem.
Don’t take them for granted.
It’s easy to take our partners for granted, especially when things are going well. But don’t forget to appreciate them.
Thank them for doing the dishes, tell them you appreciate them always being there for you, and let them know how much you love them. Small things like this will go a long way in making your partner feel appreciated.
It’s important to show your appreciation for your partner. Let them know how much you care about them.
If you’re feeling grateful, let your partner know. Say something like “I’m so grateful to have you in my life” or “I appreciate everything you do for me.” It’s also important to show your appreciation in other ways, like doing things for them or taking them on special dates.
Everyone loves to be complimented, and your partner is no exception. Compliments are a simple way to make your partner feel good about themselves. And it doesn’t have to be anything big. A simple “I love you” or “You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me” can go a long way.
Respect each other’s boundaries and personal space.
Everyone needs their own space, and it’s important to respect each other’s boundaries.
Boundaries can be different for everyone, so it’s important to communicate with each other about what you need. For example, some people need more alone time than others; some people need time to themselves after a long day.
Respecting your partner’s boundaries means giving them the space they need and not pushing them to do more than they’re comfortable with. It also means being understanding when they need to say no.
If your partner wants some space, give it to them. Let them have some time to themselves, and don’t take it personally. And if you need some space, let your partner know. This way, they won’t feel like they’re being ignored or that you’re not interested in them.
Don’t keep secrets from each other.
Secrets can damage trust and make your partner feel like they’re not important to you. So it’s important to be open and honest with each other and never keep secrets.
If you have something you need to tell your partner, don’t wait. Tell them as soon as possible. And if you’re keeping a secret from your partner, ask yourself why. Is it something that would hurt them? Is it something that would damage your relationship? If so, it’s probably best to tell them.
Honesty is always the best policy in a relationship. Trust is key, and you can’t have trust if you’re hiding things from each other.
If you have something to hide, come clean and tell your partner. This will show them that you trust them and are willing to be open and honest with them.
No one said that keeping a relationship strong would be easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your relationship weathers any storm. What other ways have you found to keep your relationship healthy and strong? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Marcella Raskin is the founder & editor-in-chief. She is a passionate and articulate writer who has dedicated her life to studying human potential. She has studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Life Purpose Coaching, Group Life Coaching. She loves helping women (and men) explore themselves through writing, which allows for an exploration into one’s thoughts on entrepreneurship or personal development topics such as mindset-shaping techniques that can positively shape someone’s perspectives about themselves when they don’t think it could ever happen! She practices sports and has studied Exercise Physiology. She is married and the mother of two girls.