A stable relationship can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. However, building a healthy relationship takes time and effort. In this article, we shall look at some simple ways to build on a relationship and ensure it stands the test of time
Improve your Communication Skills
The first step to effective communication is to create a safe space for each partner to share their thoughts and feelings. Allowing your partner to express themselves without judgment or fear helps build trust and respect in your relationship.
Listening attentively to your partner helps you understand them better. Improving your listening skills also makes your partner feel cared for.
Another aspect of communication is body language. When expressing your needs to your partner, your body language says a lot. For example, smiling, making eye contact and leaning in towards your partner when talking conveys positivity and confidence.
Strong communication skills are useful in conflict resolution. They also help you feel more connected to each other.
Express Gratitude and Appreciation
Appreciation and gratitude are a good way to build on a relationship. Make a habit of complimenting your partner on their looks and things they do well. For example, noticing a new dress or haircut shows you are attentive and appreciative.
Also, whenever your partner does something for you, thank them for their effort. When you are grateful for your partner's efforts, they are motivated to do more and feel closer to you.
Manage Your Expectations
Unrealistic expectations of each other can ruin a good relationship. While it is natural to expect things like loyalty and honesty in an intimate relationship, some expectations set you up for disappointment. For example, always expecting your partner to be available to attend your favorite event may lead to conflict when they choose not to. Having too many expectations makes you appear over-demanding and may put off even the most loving partner. Differentiating your 'needs' from 'expectations' helps you prioritize and learn to compromise with your partner.
Accept your Differences
While you may have many things in common with your partner, you should realize that they are a unique individual with different preferences, habits, and ideas. Learning to embrace each other's unique attributes even when we don't understand them goes a long way in building a relationship. The term 'opposites attract' points to the fact that your differences complement each other. Giving your partner space to be uniquely themselves without trying to change them makes them feel accepted and loved.
Remembering Special Occasions
Remembering your first anniversary and giving a gift she will like is an excellent way to show your partner how much you value the relationship. Women especially cherish important days like birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day e.t.c. Making an effort to pick out an appropriate gift makes your partner feel special.
Spend Quality Time Together
With today's busy lifestyles, finding time to spend with loved ones can be challenging. Still, relationships require some bonding time away from distractions including other people, TV, and your favorite gadgets. Scheduling quality time together increases your level of intimacy as you get to understand each other better.
Spend Time Apart
When you are trying to build a relationship, it is common to want to spend a lot of time together. However, spending some time apart is healthy for both partners. Time apart allows you to focus on your personal growth and happiness. It also gives your partner time to appreciate how special you are and cherish the moments you spend together. Finding a hobby you enjoy or spending time with family and friends ensures your partner gets the time and space required to grow as an individual.
Boundaries are a valuable part of loving relationships. When building a relationship, it helps to set ground rules early on. Letting your partner know what you are comfortable and what you are not is what establishing boundaries is about. For example, if you value your personal space, communicating to your partner that you need time alone regularly helps avoid future conflicts.
A lot more goes into relationship building on a daily basis, but these tips should help you get off to a good start. Remember, putting in the work is the secret to happy, loving and long lasting relationships.