6 Pieces Of Advice If Your Relationship Has Hit A Rough Patch

Some people think that being in a relationship or in a marriage for a long time means they don’t have to work on it as hard as they used to in the beginning.

The truth is actually a completely opposite view.

The beginning of a relationship or marriage is the beginning of mutual communication, sharing time and obligations, working on maintaining and improving life together, etc.

The longer you are in a relationship or marriage, the more effort you need to put in than in the beginning.

If you want it to progress and don’t want your relationship to hit a rough patch, you both need to make some effort, work on improving the quality of the relationship, and change the patterns so that does not happen.

6 Pieces Of Advice If Your Relationship Has Hit A Rough Patch

If you feel that the quality of your relationship is not the same as before, and you do not want to give it up so quickly, then read and try our six tips on refreshing your relationship and bringing it back to its former glory.

Take Responsibility

Responsible behavior helps mitigate the potentially harmful effects of hesitations, crises, and stress that you go through alone or with a partner.

We know that relationships can suffer from stressors faced by one or both partners, such as stress at work, family problems, or any other type of potentially toxic phenomenon that can pose a threat to your relationship.

When people practice responsible behavior, they pay full attention to their partner, really listening and expressing care and concern for his or her problems as well. This gesture greatly helps to protect the relationship.

Break Up and Divorce Can Be an Option

The feeling that “something is wrong” is a completely legitimate reason to break up, or get a divorce if you are married. If you need to convince yourself to stay in a relationship, you probably shouldn’t stay in it, even if nothing concrete happened to your partner that would upset you.

Sometimes, the decision to break up or get a divorce has nothing to do with your partner but exclusively with you and where you are currently in your life. It’s not always about love; inner peace is more important.

When going through such a difficult time, you should be aware that it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer who will help you through all of the legal complications and find the best possible solution for both of you.

In addition, your family, friends, and other key people in your life should be there to provide you with emotional support and to show you that life continues, no matter what pain you are experiencing.

Nurture Psychological Flexibility

It is easy to rigidly express your wishes and make demands, but research shows that couples and families function much better when individuals exercise psychological flexibility.

Openness, awareness, consideration of context, and keeping perspective greatly help in reducing negativity when a problem arises, instead of escalating. Fortunately, psychological flexibility can be “trained“.

Get to Know Each Other in a New Way

When was the last time you and your partner talked about your fears, joys, memories, or hopes? If chatting about informal topics or everyday plans becomes routine, consider continuing to work on intimacy through conversation.

Research has shown that couples who express intimate feelings and experiences in conversations notice an increase in feelings of closeness in a relationship compared to those who engage in mere “chatting“.

You may fall in love again by asking each other intimate questions, participating in authentic self-discovery, and paying more attention to your partner and his or her emotions and experiences of reality.

Remember the Good Old Times

Not every day during the relationship is exciting, but we have memories that we can refer to, regardless of the circumstances, that can make us feel better in times of despair.

Research shows that couples who spend time remembering moments when they laughed together, were happy, had fun moments, etc., noticed a greater increase in satisfaction with the relationship, compared to those who remembered other content.

So, “dig through the archives” of memory and then share the conversation about some happy moments together.

Feel and Express Gratitude

Relationships are built on small things, and gratitude is a wonderful example of powerful behavior that can positively change relationships. In order to feel grateful, you need to notice what your partner is doing for you, your family, or your relationship. 

Expressing gratitude has several positive effects. It makes the partners feel more connected and satisfied in the relationship, and it also increases the mutual desire to work on improving the relationship.

If, despite your goodwill, you are not able to solve the problem in the relationship, contact an expert and come for partner therapy.

The very fact that you have decided to come to partner therapy and that your partner has agreed to it shows that there is motivation and desire to solve the problem.

Your relationship can gain in quality if you take these small steps.

Behavior that nurtures intimacy certainly strengthens the relationship and helps to function together.