We love a good resolution, but don't just make one for yourself, also try to make one for your relationship no matter what state it is in!
Most couples need a relationship tune-up every once in a while and with the pandemic we get that your relationship might have taken the back-burner for your own mental health.
Here’s what mental health pros recommend to help you and your partner thrive in 2022 and some simple things to do with your partner:
- Improve communication - One of the biggest communication issues couples face is listening to reply instead of listening to understand. Focus on trying to understand, rather than be understood.
- Focus on the tone of your voice - What you have to say to your partner is important, but so is the way you convey it. The tone of your voice makes a big difference in how your partner perceives your words.
- Avoid being overly critical- Try to make an effort to point out what you appreciate about your partner and they will be more likely to listen and respect your thoughts and feelings.
- Spend some time apart- Creating some physical space from your partner can actually help. Everyone benefits from time on their own and it can help you reconnect in a deeper way when you are together.
- Be accountable- Instead of blaming your partner, acknowledge your own faults in the relationship and work to change them. Both individuals need to feel good about themselves in order to feel their best for everyone else.