Relationships are tough 100% of the time. Even the healthiest relationship needs to be worked on constantly in order for it to last. And it’s difficult to find relationships that are excellent across the board. When a global pandemic is tossed into the mix, it makes things even more difficult. Approximately 50% of all American adults are married — but 50% of those marriages will likely end up in divorce.
It’s important to never give up, though. Relationships and even marriages can run their course and end, and that’s okay, but if you and your partner believe there is some fight left in you, and your relationship can survive certain hardships, then you have to fight — and fight as hard as you can.
Here are some great tips that should help you and your partner work on your relationship, improve your lives, and reach new levels of happiness:
Talk things out
This might not seem like a helpful tip but it needs to be said. Effective communication is imperative in a relationship. A relationship simply cannot last when there is no communication. It’s not as easy as just talking about your day, either. You need to really sit down with your partner and discuss everything under the sun. If you can get through hard conversations, you’ll be ready to fight for your relationship. These talks are tough, but they can often help you identify what kinds of problems you’re experiencing, and then you can talk about the next steps. Start by talking about having a discussion soon and then plan out a time that works well for both of you. Then grab a glass of wine and talk things out.
Do something fun together
Sometimes you just have to fight through all your problems with some old-fashioned fun. Whatever you two enjoy doing — get out and do it. You can either do something that you both love or something brand new. For instance, in 2018, 3.75 million people participated in sailing. That could be a nice, relaxing, and fun thing to do with your partner for years. If sailing doesn’t appeal to you, consider golf, fishing, traveling to a new city, having a picnic, going to a weekly movie, anything at all to mix it up and spend time with your partner!
Spend some time apart
You might have plenty of alone time but rather than spending that time worrying or feeling anxious about your relationship, try to really focus on what you love about your partner. Think about all the fun things you’ve done in the past or the fun things that you can do in the future. You can talk about your relationship with a therapist, your family, or your friends — but really make sure you’re taking some time by yourself and reflecting on every aspect of your life. It should really help you down the line.
Upgrade your home
Sometimes, working together on a project and being productive can help rekindle the spark in your relationship. Plus, doing some projects around the house can help you save money down the line, which is crucial for a healthy relationship. Don’t forget about your home’s exterior, too. Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes and studies show it may also add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. Additionally, homeowners can get a 100% ROI on the money spent on improving a home’s curb appeal.
Fixing a relationship is never going to happen overnight. A single conversation, project, or trip isn’t going to change everything. But it will help. And it’s a great starting point. As long as you’re communicating as effectively as you can and are willing to work hard, you will be on the right track! Good luck!