01 Aug How to stay Afloat Amidst Relationship Difficulties
The hard part of falling in love is often maintaining the love through thick and thin. Despite what we’ve seen in romance movies with happy endings, relationships are not always as easy. The journey to building a long-lasting, meaningful, and deeper bond with a lover has confusion, arguments, and disagreements. It’s a normal part of life, so we accept and do our best to fight for our love to stay afloat.
But even the strongest known persons can be doubtful at times of whether the relationship is leading somewhere. When one partner seems not to respect the boundaries, views, and interests of the other, the result is often relationship troubles. Difficulties in relationships can also come from various things. It could be a lack of communication, differences in preference, bad temperament, and overcontrolling attributes, or any other.
When encountered with such situations, most partners will try to change their lovers’ way of life, personality, or perception of certain things. If you’re on the receiving end, it’s possible to want to end everything altogether and open a new page in your love life.
But if you think you still have a chance of salvaging the ship from sinking, it’s worth giving it another shot before ending things. Follow these strategies known to bear results, turn things around, and start enjoying your relationship like you first fell in love.
Build Mutual Respect and Limits
As you spend more time with someone, it reaches a level where your respect for them changes, either positively or negatively. Failing to uphold respect for another person’s views, way of life, interests, and boundaries can create serious problems.
Even for the most loving persons, there are times when they need their personal space to do things that are dear to them. It’s vital to understand that it’s not selfishness.
Help your partner understand this without provoking them or making it seem selfish. The goal is to understand what defines you and your partner and then finding a mutual ground for you to coexist without conflict.
Disagreements in a relationship are common, but they bear resentment when they become so frequent and unending. Resentment is a thorn in relationships that undermines growth and stronger bonds.
If there’s something your partner always does that frustrates you or makes you angry all the time, relax, take a deep breath and analyze it. You’ll realize that it’s probably not much of a big deal to drain much of your energy. And if your partner is the one on the receiving end, always find a way to eliminate those actions or talk to your partner and make them understand.
Define your Relationship
It’s possible to be in a relationship with yourself. That is, you anticipate your relationship to grow to the next phase while your partner isn’t showing any signs that dissipate the same energy. When one partner feels that the other isn’t showing commitment, it’s important to define your relationship.
Listen to your partner’s stance on having a committed relationship. If they claim to not looking for something serious at the moment, believe them. Focus your energy on sharing the love you have to offer with someone who has the same relationship goals as you.
When the energy flow between you is in sync, you’ll enjoy your love life to the fullest. Make it clear where your relationship stands.
Enhance your Communication
Communication is the key to building a better mutual understanding. You’ll have to coordinate closely with your partner if you’re experiencing relationship difficulty. Talk your issues out, let your partner know what you feel. It’s the only way of eliminating misunderstandings.
Without effective communication, you’ll often find yourselves in constant arguments. Your partner might feel left out, unappreciated, or not loved. You can prevent all this by creating dedicated time to talk to each other, listen actively, and understand what your partner says.
Always avoid the blame game and accusation. Instead, be open and respect the other person and give them a chance to express themselves. If your partner doesn’t feel comfortable enough to share what they’re going through, try to share your feelings to earn their trust. Only through communication can you avoid relationship frustrations that often lead to difficulties.
Open Up Yourself
The human brain tends to counter challenges by taking the easiest route to a solution. When we go through rough times, we tend to close up and avoid sharing our experiences with others. Closing out on your partner can only generate more problems than solutions.
Disclose all that troubles you to your partner. Be honest; let the burden off your shoulders. That is the main essence of being in a relationship in the first place. Your partner gives you a shoulder to lean on when things aren’t working out.
If it’s something that your partner does that doesn’t please you, don’t withhold it either. Speak up, let them know, discuss it and strike a balance that works for both of you.
Build Stronger Physical Intimacy
It’s common for lovers to undergo intimacy drought. However, if left to prevail for long, it can result in affecting every part of your relationship. Physical touch and sex induce the production of ‘love hormone,’ oxytocin, which builds a strong attraction bond and trust that makes lovers stick together.
Create time, emotion, and environment for this to happen. By connecting emotionally and sexually with your partner, you’ll develop a closer connection and understand each other better.
Willingness to Compromise
Compromise is the oldest relationship trick. Be willing to make sacrifices for your partner, and they’ll be impressed by it and feel more valued. However, while learning how to compromise, be cautious on the level of compromise you can reach. Making realistic compromises will enable you to let minor issues slide, coexist in harmony with your partner, and embrace the idea of giving and receiving in your relationship.
It’s always not easy to confront the things that make us unhappy in our relationships. It takes courage and strength to do so. If you are ready to turn things around in your love life, be committed to it.
Above all, please take responsibility for the missteps or poor behavior directed at your love ones. With all of the sincerity in your heart learn to begin saying I am sorry for hurting you. It works magically in healing a relationship.