Sometimes, the key to having a happy and healthy relationship is to ignore all that relationship advice out there! Well… not all of it. But often the cliché tips you’ve heard a million times from friends, family, or women’s magazines don’t apply to your particular situation. There might be some universal truths about relationships, but there’s rarely a one-size-fits-all prescription for a given couple or situation. Plus, we all learn a lot about what makes a relationship work best by being in one and taking things as they come. So here are some pieces of advice, which according to a few relationship experts, should be kept on mind.
It’s OK To Go To Bed Angry
Sometimes you just might be too tired or stressed to talk about a sensitive issue or work out a fight at the end of a long day—and that’s OK. In fact, often getting some sleep will make it easier for you to have an important conversation. This doesn’t mean yelling at them or getting a last verbal attack in and then shutting down. It means letting your partner know that you will return to the issue when you’re ready the next day and reassuring them how much you love them and/or how much you care about them and the relationship. Don’t make the fight bigger than the relationship!
Just Love, Isn’t Enough
It’s not just about love—it’s about connection. A connection is what pulls love along with you wherever you go. We can indeed pile an entire amazing life into the cart of love, however, without the connection to pull it, the cart stops and love dies, so focus less on how to create more love, and instead, ask yourself, how can I connect more with my partner?” A connection is strengthened when you share activities, go through challenges together, and honestly communicate with each other.
Take A Break From Talking
You can’t seem to read or hear about any relationship advice without being told how important communication is, right? That’s true, but it doesn’t always mean talking about things over and over to resolve it perfectly. Sometimes the best thing you can do is STOP talking, breathe, go for a walk and remember why your relationship matters so much to you. Reconnecting with the bigger picture of your love for this person can help you filter out the unnecessary words and zero in on what you really want to say from a place of love.