Silver Spring, MD Couples Counseling – Relationship Therapy
Five Essential Steps to Improving Your Relationship
Not every relationship is meant to last forever but giving up because you’ve hit hard times is not always the best option available. Consider these five essential steps to finding the right way to improve your relationship.
1. Learn to crave communication
Most couples who find themselves in trouble have spent months or years avoiding talking about what’s really going on. In order to improve your relationship, you must start by not only being willing to talk things through, but by giving it your all. As you see this simple step improve your relationship tenfold you’ll begin to appreciate and crave it.
2. Take what you’ve learned and put it into action
It’s a powerful and empowering feeling to have gotten to the bottom of your issues but self-knowledge is not enough. You must act on this new information. Come up with a game plan together and find ways you can move toward the relationship you both want.
3. Give it time
Of course you want your relationship to improve immensely overnight, but unfortunately, it doesn’t typically work that way. When you get discouraged just remember this: your problems didn’t arise overnight and they’re not going to go away that quickly either. Setbacks may occur but if you keep moving forward you’ll eventually get somewhere.
4. Keep your eye on the prize
It’s common for couples to work toward improving their relationship, to see results, and to then take a step back as though they’re cured. The reality is that the skills you learn should continue to be used for the rest of your relationship. Staying diligent will prevent old resentments from becoming new again.
5. Make a gratitude list
There’s a reason you haven’t given up on your partner. In fact, there are probably many reasons. Don’t lose sight of them. Write down everything you’re grateful for when it comes to your partner. Ask them to do the same and then share your lists with each other. This will help motivate you to move forward together.
Relationships are challenging for everyone. Thriveworks Silver Spring, MD Counseling and Coaching is here to walk you through these steps and your own personalized treatment plan. Invest in your future and you’ll be grateful for the dividends.