I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Relationships are tough. I mean think about it: Once you’re in a committed relationship, everything doesn’t revolve around you. Now there’s another person that you need to take into consideration and think about before doing certain things. I’m not saying you have no freedom to do what you want, but you need to compromise a whole lot more. It’s not a big deal when you’re with the right person, it’s just an adjustment if you’ve been single for some time.
Let’s back up a little bit. When you first get into a relationship, everything is amazing, right? Both people are on their best behavior and you only really see each other at your very best. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that “honeymoon” phase ends at some point. And once you get further along into the relationship, some work needs to be put in to ensure a long lasting and healthy relationship. So, in today’s post I’m going to share with you the key to keeping your relationship a happy and healthy one!
This sounds so cliché, but there’s so much more to it than meets the eye. You hear everyone talk about how important communication is in a relationship. And do you know why? Because it is! So much can be resolved, or even avoided altogether if you have a solid communication line between you and your partner.
Honest communication with your partner is incredibly important. Ignoring how you feel or acting like you’re OK with something when you’re not, is not a good way to handle things. Let’s say you feel uncomfortable with your partner’s new work friend. They chat and go to happy hour from time to time. Talk to him about it. Despite your fears of being called jealous or crazy, it’s much better to be honest with your feelings. Plus, if he doesn’t know it makes you upset, odds are he’s going to continue this behavior. And if you continue to bottle up your feelings, it’s only going to lead to pent-up frustration and a likely a huge fight.
Pick Your Battles
Just because you’ve learned that communication is key to a healthy relationship, doesn’t make it OK for you to start a fight every single day. Pick your battles wisely. Sometimes you need to let the little things (though they may not seem little in the moment) slide by and not confront your partner about it. Maybe your partner leaves his socks right next to the laundry basket every day. It may drive you crazy, but it’s not that big of a deal. If it bothers you that much, take his socks off the floor and put them into the laundry basket yourself. Problem solved! Save your energy on something that is really important to you. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
If you’re serious about your relationship and love the person you’re with, I would highly recommend learning how to properly communicate with each other. I’m not saying you won’t ever mess up or start an unnecessary fight, because that will happen. I’m just saying you need to make a genuine effort to be more open with one another. Communicating with your partner not only eliminates the amount of fights you’ll have, but it also brings you a lot closer to that person. Being vulnerable is tough, and it shows that you truly trust the person you’re being vulnerable with.
Best of luck, friends!
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