How to make your relationship stronger: 7 Tips for Busy Couples
Keeping a relationship healthy takes more than love. Of course, having deep feelings for your partner is necessary, but sometimes life gets in the way and it becomes difficult to keep up the same passion that you felt at the beginning. For a relationship to stay strong, it takes making a conscious effort to nourish it and put in the work – from both sides.
Every couple is different and people come together for their own unique reasons. So, how do you make a relationship work when you’re always busy? It starts with knowing what you want from it and knowing that your partner shares the same. This is something that you can find out only by having a sincere, open and honest conversation together. It also starts with understanding that while ups and downs are normal, it’s possible to maintain an overall healthy bond to keep things feeling fresh, fulfilling and fun.
From small daily gestures to a yearly getaway, there are so many ways to make your relationship stronger. Most of the time, these acts don’t even require a lot of time or a major change in your schedule. The trick is to make it a point to learn and understand what you both feel will help nurture and boost your connection. Follow your rhythm and have fun discovering what works best for the two of you. We have some easy ideas below that you can start with. Read below for some tips on how to make your relationship stronger!
7 Tips for Busy Couples
1. Greet each other when you come home
It may not sound like much, but this is, in reality, super important. Warmly saying “hello” to your partner shows that you are happy to see him or her. Think of it like this: imagine showing up to an event where no one greets you. Doesn’t feel too good, right? A loving “hello” with a sweet kiss is a small act with a big impact. It’s daily little gestures like these that can lead to a happier, more caring relationship.
2. Check in with your partner
No matter if it’s once a week or 15 minutes each day, make it a priority to check in with your partner to see how they’re doing. Try different times and days to see what works best for you both. It might not sound romantic, but pour yourselves a glass of wine or share your morning coffee together and you’ll see how enjoyable it can be! With all of life’s demands, it can be easy to put your relationship to the side. These check-ins give you the space and opportunity to discuss what’s going on at work, to bring up anything that might be bothering you and to have the time to make decisions together as a team. Be honest about what’s on your mind while keeping it simple and straightforward. After all, communication is key in a successful relationship.
3. Spend time without technology
Just because you’re sitting together doesn’t mean you’re spending quality time with each other. Put away your phones and your laptops. Don’t watch a movie or play any video games. Disconnect from everything and connect with each other. Electronics act as a silent barrier, one that keeps you from fully communicating. Picture technology as a friend sitting in your living room with the two of you. It’s not the same anymore, is it? With this barrier constantly in the middle, your relationship can easily lose its spark.
4. Hug each other consciously
Embracing someone increases the levels of releases oxytocin, the love hormone, in your brain. Because this release builds trust and promotes bonding, it’s one of the best times to make an effort to be fully present and share a special moment. What’s more, a conscious hug can help calm a scattered mind and let you connect even more with your partner. Close your eyes, breathe in deeply and take it all in.
5. Communicate according to your partner’s love language
Do you know what your partner’s love language is? When it comes to expressing love emotionally, there are five basic ways. They include words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. Each person has their own unique language that we should learn how to “speak” if we want to make them feel cared for and appreciated. Once you learn how your partner shows love, you can better understand their needs and expectations in your relationship. On that same note, being aware of your love language will help you to better communicate your own needs and expectations.
6. Travel together
No matter if it’s a two-week vacation abroad or a one-day staycation in your city, traveling together is so worth it. A trip with your partner gives you the chance to enjoy each other’s company while exploring and sharing new experiences together. It gives you plenty of time to spend with one another and, probably one of the best parts, lots of memories. Bonus! Planning and preparing for the trip means you get to spend more time together. Does it get any better than that?
7. Give each other space
Spending time apart can actually help to bring you closer. Do things with your friends, have your own hobbies, even spend time alone. Time apart is healthy and helps keep your relationship feeling fresh. It lets each person be independent instead of clingy and needy. The key is finding a balance that gives both of you the warmth of a relationship, yet the power of your own sense of identity.
Remember, it’s these small gestures that build the foundation of a long-lasting, loving connection. With these 7 tips, not only will you make your relationship stronger, you’ll also make it more exciting. Start using them today and watch as you both flourish together. Enjoy!