We all have relationships in our lives, whether that’s with a significant other, family members, friends or work colleagues. Relationships are so fundamental to our daily lives, so it’s vital to our happiness that they are healthy ones. Many of our stresses come from third parties, so being able to navigate the relationships in your life is essential to your overall wellbeing. In today’s ‘Wellness Wednesday’ blog post, we’re going to be focusing on how to navigate romantic relationships, so that you can have a happy and healthy connection with your other half, that nurtures your mental health.
When you’re in a romantic relationship, it’s inevitable for conflicts to arise. These could be about anything from work and the children, to finances, sex or affection. One of the biggest issues in romantic relationships that lead to negativity is a lack of communication and not expressing emotions.
Here are some of our top tips for navigating romantic relationships…
- Spend quality time with one another. It’s all too easy to plonk yourselves down on the sofa and watch hours of television together after a long day at work, but this doesn’t do much for a relationship. Discover new activities that you enjoy together, and do things that you used to do in the early stages of the relationship. That could be playing board games, going out for a nice meal, a long walk in the country together – whatever you both enjoy doing. This connection with each other is really important, especially when you’re feeling stressed.
- Communicate. Make sure you both take the time to really listen to each other and try to understand one another. A lack of communication can lead to high levels of stress in a relationship, which can really take a toll on your mental health.
- Recognise your emotional triggers. Triggers can be quite damaging in relationships, as when you are triggered, the decisions you make are from your triggered state, which are usually different to those you make when you’re not in this state. Triggers change your behaviour and motivation, and you can often end up doing or saying something you regret. If you learn to recognise them, you’re more likely to be able to realise when you’re in a triggered state and break the cycle.
- Have realistic expectations. Don’t expect perfection from your partner and your relationship – you’re going to have emotional ups and downs. No one feels happy in a relationship one hundred per cent of the time, but it doesn’t mean that your relationship is failing. Make sure you manage your expectations and ensure they are realistic.
- Make time for physical intimacy. It’s often an expression of love which can often result in greater relationship satisfaction, meaning less stress and better mental wellness when it comes to your relationship.
- Remember that good relationships take work. Like anything else in life that’s worth having, you need to work for it. Make nurturing and cultivating your relationship a priority.
Check out last week’s Wellness Wednesday on navigating life transitions HERE