Building a strong, loving, and longlasting relationship might sound like a fantasy.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where relationships seem more disposable than ever.
Thanks to social media and advancements in technology, it’s easy to feel like we’re close with people. In reality, though, these things can make us more distant with the ones we really love. Including spouses and significant others.
Strong relationships take work. They require a firm foundation to build upon, and that work never really ends.
But, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you can make your current relationship stronger and more stable than it’s ever been before.
Check out these four indispensable tips to keep your relationship healthy and secure for years to come.
1. Be Vulnerable with Your Partner
One of the biggest obstacles most people face in relationships is a lack of trust.
Usually, that stems from either being hurt in the past by someone else, or even by the person you’re currently with.
One way you can build trust with your partner is to share without fear.
Being able to open up with your thoughts and feelings and know that your partner will be there for you 100% will strengthen your relationship almost instantly.
It’s hard to be vulnerable and open yourself up. But, if you are both willing to make a commitment to do so, you’ll find that your support for each other will see a huge amount of growth.
2. Forge a Deeper Connection with Yourself
You can’t be in a healthy, strong relationship with someone if you don’t feel a deep sense of connection with yourself.
Furthermore, it’s impossible to give parts of yourself to someone else if you’re not fully aware of what you want or who you are.
The good news? There are actual tips and exercises you can use on a regular basis to help build a deeper connection within yourself, and get to know yourself better.
Some useful applications include:
Asking yourself how you feel each day
Finding a few minutes of silence for self-reflection
Deep breathing exercises
Creating a morning routine
3. Don’t Expect Your Partner to “Fix” You
Far too often, we expect the people we’re with to fix our problems or heal our emotional wounds.
The phrase “you complete me” might sound romantic in a movie, but it actually makes for a weak and dramatic relationship.
Two people in a relationship should always be able to count on one another for help and support. Your partner should be willing to be there for you as much as possible.
But, don’t depend on someone else to fix any personal emotional problems you’re struggling with.
Instead, ask for support and encouragement as you go through the process of fixing these holes yourself. You’ll be stronger on the other side, and so will your relationship.
4. Embrace Your Differences
Don’t spend your time trying to get your partner to see everything the way you do. You also shouldn’t try to completely change yourself in order to be more like them.
Couples often think that too many differences will make them clash.
On the contrary, it’s the differences between people that can make relationships very strong. It’s just a matter of how you handle those differences.
Embrace them, and use them to create compromises. Focus on your partner’s strengths and how they might counteract your weaknesses (and vice versa).
Differences are far more useful in relationships than we give them credit for. If you’re able to use them as resources to strengthen your relationship instead of trying to tear it down, you’ll feel unstoppable together.
It’s no secret that relationships take work, especially if you want them to last. But, it’s not impossible to feel grounded with your partner, despite differences, drawbacks, and so much more.