Maintaining strong relationships is a never-ending process.
That includes the choices you make each day.
If you want to have a healthier relationship with your partner, consider these five practises to make it possible.
1: Take a daily walk together
Walking is such a simple act. Of course, it provides physical exercise, which helps keep your body healthy. Yet, taking a daily walk together will strengthen your relationship, too.
Even when there is a lot going on around you, the world shrinks to just you and your partner. When you take a daily walk together, you can get out of the house, talk about the day, and take a moment to enjoy the scenery together.
Also, physical activity helps to release endorphins and have a positive impact on your mood. What better way to start or end your day?
2: Have a quiet time in the evening
On the flip side, why not attempt to have a period of quiet time together in the evening?
Though, this doesn’t mean you can’t talk. Instead, it is a chance to turn off the television as well as silence your mobile phones and put them away. Having 30-60 minutes of screen-free time helps you both to refocus on each other. Avoiding screens before bed also helps your body prepare for sleep.
Of course, if you have young children, there may never seem to be a chance to have some quiet time together. However, by taking advantage of naps and bedtimes, you may be surprised at your ability to carve out at least 30 minutes a day.
3: Cook meals together
A third practice for strengthening your relationship is cooking for one another. Cooking a meal provides a great bonding experience. It requires that you both work together, as well as dividing up who does what. For example, one partner cuts up the vegetables, while the other is responsible for the sauce.
Also, you are both creating something that will nourish and comfort one another.
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4: Communicate throughout the day
One of the advantages of the proliferation of mobile phones is that you can reach out to your partner any time of day. For example, get in the habit of sending a reassuring text message each day. It requires little effort, yet the effect will help to strengthen your relationship.
How can a text do that? Because it shows that even while being apart and wrapped up in your busy days, you are still thinking of one another. Such minor acts show you care and can make a massive difference to your relationship.
5: Give hugs!
Don’t underestimate little touches of physical affection for strengthening relationships. A simple hug with the words, “I love you,” can go a long way towards creating a tighter bond.
In fact, research has shown that hugging actually has a positive impact on the human brain and body. When you hug each other, the vagus nerve is activated, which releases oxytocin in your brain. Oxytocin is a hormone which makes you feel more calm and relaxed.
Consequently, your body experiences:
- Lowered heart rate
- Fewer stress hormones such as cortisol are released
- Reduced blood pressure
How to make these a habit
The best part about these suggestions is that they cost nothing, require little effort, and you can start them immediately.
Consider trying one out for at least a week. Then, once you have created an established habit, introduce another. You’ll find over time that your relationship with one another is getting stronger.
Maintaining a strong relationship isn’t rocket science. However, it does takework and effort to stay consistent.
Start by trying the simple strategies listed above and integrating them into your daily routine. Your relationship satisfaction will go up, and the bond you share with one another will become stronger, too.
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