7 steps to strengthen your relationship 1.Make a commitment to the relationship It may be a new relationship or a long standing one, the commitment to the relationship is helpful in navigating the inevitable ups and downs.
2. Learn to communicate effectively. Conflict can happen in a relationship. The most effective communication starts with listening to the others point of view. It’s ok to halt the argument when it gets too heated. The awareness also includes the ability to come back to the discussion later to resolve and negotiate if needed. 3. Manage your anger/ frustration and resentment effectively Anger is a real emotion. As children when we get angry, we learn to model our behavior on the behavior of important adults around us. However, as we mature, we can recognize that our way of dealing with anger may not be helpful. Deal with anger by expressing it effectively. 4. Express interest in each others days and needs. Talking to your partner about everyday things matters. Ask about their day, listen and respond with love and affection. Show your appreciation/ affection for your partner verbally and in your actions. 5. Ask for what you might want in the relationship. There may be something missing in your relationship that is important to you, learn to problem solve. For example, if you want to spend more time together ask and find and make opportunities to spend that time together. 6. We cannot change the other person. WE can only change ourselves. Work on becoming aware of your own thoughts feelings, actions, see if you can look at your own self first. 7. Be Flexible, use gentle humour and appreciate the other person in your life. Be gracious, be grateful and be compassionate.