Relationships are hard work, but if you are prepared to put in the effort the rewards can be limitless. We’ve scoured the internet and come up with 5 simple things you can start doing right now to help improve your relationship.
1. Let go of the past
All relationships have their ups and downs—none of us is perfect—but don’t let previous arguments come back to affect your relationship. It’s difficult to move forward in a relationship when you’re still thinking about what happened in it from another time.
If you find yourself dwelling on the past, it might be time to take a step back and consider why? Focus on the reason your recurring feelings, you’ll find more clarity within yourself and what you want from the relationship with your partner.
2. Focus on what’s good
Make a point of focusing on the good in your relationship. Remember why you got together, what you like about the other person, and what's good in your life. Even if what the other person does frequently irritates you, remind yourself—and them— frequently about what you do appreciate.
When you focus on the good in your relationship, the other person will often follow suit and your relationship improves.
3. Own your reactions
If your partner knows just what to do or say to set you off, don't blame them for your reaction. You can't control what someone else does, but you can control what you do.
Learn to recognise what sets you off and notice yourself as you start to react. Stop, go to another room, do something silly, give them a big kiss (like you mean it), whatever it takes to interrupt your reaction. It's not always easy, and you'll fail sometimes, but once you get good at this you will be amazed by how much less drama and conflict you experience with your significant other.
4. Show your affection
Along with expressing your gratitude to your partner, start showing them how much you care. Try grabbing their hand when you’re walking together or going to bed together at the end of the night. You know how you feel about your partner, let them see how you feel too.
5. Don’t assume your way is right
Be willing to try out new things, or do things differently, at your partner’s suggestion. Whether it's a vacation, one of their family traditions, or even sexual experimentation, be willing to try things your partner’s way. Reserve the right to try something once only, but know that variety can keep a long-term relationship from growing stale. Check out our Hampers page and introduce some new experiences into your bedroom.