Many of the feelings and experiences that we have at the beginning of a relationship, are the reasons that we choose to pursue a deeper connection with the one we love. But, it’s not all about the butterflies and the happiness in the beginning.

If you’ve been in a long-term relationship for a while, you probably know that a lot of the superficial aspects of love can fade away quickly. But being in a relationship doesn’t have to be a challenge… at least not if you’re willing to put in the work!


communicate

One of the most important aspects of being in a relationship is open communication. While having a strong tribe of women to confide in is essential, so is the ability to communicate with your significant other. Who’s the first person you think to contact when you have good news, or when something is bothering you… if it’s not your lover – it might be time to evaluate ‘why’. 

If you have trouble talking about your feelings or experiences with the one you love, take some time to consider what holds you back. Whether it’s fear of judgment or you think he just won’t understand, if you want your relationship to last, you’re going to have to get to the bottom of it and explore if your level of communication can be fixed.

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unwind… together

Sometimes you just need to relax together. If you’re always working and feeling as though your life is going 100mph, then you won’t have room in your life to truly enjoy your significant other. So, start being intentional about your time together, even if it means changing your perspective. 

Make it a point to help each other unwind in the evenings and on the weekends. Take it in turns to cook dinner, with a nice glass of wine and a little music. Start seeing him as your sanctuary and make your time together fun, comforting, and memorable.

keep the romance alive

In the beginning, date nights were a regular thing. But as time passes, date nights can become an afterthought. But it’s this time alone that allows you to let loose and enjoy each other without distractions! Dedicated one-on-one time provides the opportunity for each of you to really hear each other, to appreciate things that can go unnoticed during your daily routine.

don’t over think it

It doesn’t necessarily matter what you choose to do, as long as it’s thoughtful and it breaks the routine. Dress up and put on a show or keep it low key and do something that you know he’ll love. The important thing is that you enjoy your time together. 

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get help

If you’re at a place in your relationship that feels irreparable, you may need the help of a third party. Someone who can give you expert advice about the situation you’re going through, and try to help you work through your rough patch. Relationship counseling isn’t something to be afraid of. It’s important that you find the right person; someone that you both feel comfortable and confident with.