Aug 1, 2019

Relationship Goals: Steps To Create A Lasting Bond

Relationships can cause us to experience extreme emotions. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, many of us have been through both ecstasy and heartache. If you’re in a new relationship, or you’re thinking about taking the next step with your partner, here’s a guide to creating a strong, lasting bond.

Communication is key when you’re in a partnership. Both parties should feel able to talk and open up, to share ideas and opinions, and to get things off their chest. Talk about what you’ve done that day and chat about what’s going on in the news, but don’t gloss over your emotions. You don’t need to have deep heart-to-hearts on a daily basis, but be honest with each other, and support each other. If you’re having a tough time at work, you’re struggling with your mental health, or there are issues that are worrying you, confide in your partner. You might find that a problem shared is a problem halved. 

Confront underlying issues
When you have a relationship with somebody, you might find that there are hurdles or problems that prevent you from wanting to commit to that person. If you feel like your relationship is worth fighting for, but there are underlying issues, confront them before you move any further. From money worries and alcohol or sex addiction to complaints about going out too much or habits that drive you crazy, it’s always beneficial to be honest about how you feel and to try and confront issues as a united force. If you can tackle obstacles together, you stand a good chance of getting over them. If your partner has a problem, for example, an addiction, or they’re struggling to find work, or they do things that upset or frustrate you, be there to advise and support them. 

Have fun
People often talk about the honeymoon period in a relationship. This is the stage where you have fun together, you’re getting to know each other, and you’re in your own little bubble. While this rose-tinted vision may not represent real life, there’s no reason why relationships have to become drab, complex, or hard work just because you’ve been together for years. There may be highs and lows, but it’s always important to make time to have fun together. Travel, go to the movies, hang out with friends, catch a show, eat out. Just enjoy the time you have together. 

Don’t compare yourself to others
Often, we have an image of the perfect relationship based on movies and social media. The reality is that no relationship is idyllic. Comparing yourself to others can be damaging, so focus on your own relationship. Remember that movies aren’t real and social media feeds provide an edited snapshot of life. 

Relationships can make us feel incredible, but they can also take their toll on our happiness and wellbeing. If you’re in a relationship, and you want it to last, talk to each other, have fun together, confront problems and hurdles as a pair and don’t get too carried away with the image of the perfect couple. 

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