Putting the Pieces Together: The Top Ways to Strengthen a Struggling Relationship

Sometimes, no matter how great you and your partner are together, your relationship hits a rough patch. Everything just seems off between you two. You no longer seem to be on the same page and bicker all the time.

However, no matter how off your relationship seems, you know it is worth salvaging. Here are some of the best ideas on how to save your struggling relationship.

Noticing the Signs of a Struggling Relationship

Before you can repair your relationship, you need to be aware that there is a problem. Some of the telltale signs your relationship isn’t as strong as it once was are:

You aren’t intimate at all anymore:

Yes, sex begins to wane after the honeymoon period. However, if you can’t remember the last time you were intimate, it may be time to examine your relationship.

You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Snuggled:

Touch can be a great way to connect to people, especially those you love. So, if you haven’t been snuggling up with your partner, either when you are sleeping or watching tv, there may be an underlining problem.

What’s a Date Night:

Yes, life happens and sometimes you need to cancel plans with your partner. However, if you are regularly canceling date nights and not rescheduling, it could mean you aren’t making your relationship a priority.

You Don’t Talk:

Communication is key. If you find most of your evenings and time together spent in silence or with short staccato answers, something may be going on which needs to be addressed.

So, now that you know some of the warning signs, here are some ways to help your struggling relationship. 

Get Intimate

Yes, sex feels good. We all agree on that. However, it can also help strengthen the bond between you and your partner. 

Being intimate with your partner can help you feel more connected, loved, and generally in tune with each other. So, by making sex a priority, you are creating a deeper connection.

Make Your Relationship a Priority

It is really easy to get bogged down by the grind of day to day life to the point your relationship falls by the wayside. This can be one of the biggest factors in why relationships fail.

By setting time aside to focus on spending time together, you are reconfirming how important you are to each other. This can do wonders to remind you why you fell in love in the first place.

But Don’t Forget To Nurture Outside Interests

While carving out time to spend together is necessary, it is equally important to make sure you have outside interests. By having a strong sense of self outside your partner gives you things to talk about, a way to complement each other’s personality, and to bring something to your relationship.

Seek Outside Help

Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. By going to a couple’s therapist you can get an outside perspective and a fresh set of eyes on what you need to do to make your relationships stronger. 

Maybe you just need some help identifying where you both could be doing better. Therapists can give you the tools to do just that. These tools can be anything from improved communication skills or homework which includes unplugging and having a staycation to focus on each other.

Remember, Relationships Take Work

It is important to remember relationships take work and that a struggling relationship is pretty normal. Many couples go through rough periods. So, putting in a little effort or getting a little help, you can get your relationship back on track.

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