Five Steps to Save Your Marriage or Relationship
Washington DC Couples Counseling, Marriage Therapy
If you and your partner or spouse no longer feel the spark you once did you may feel that it’s time to call it quits. The reality is that there are steps you can take to improve your relationship drastically. Thriveworks DC Counseling is here to help you move forward together. Discover the five steps to save your relationship and then contact us for personalized help.
Step one: Learn how to communicate
One of the most common reasons relationships break down is due to a failure to communicate. When you’re both shut down your options to rebuild a relationship are slim to none. Open up, discuss the issues with your partner. It’s important that you’re honest and that you allow your spouse to be honest as well.
Step two: Move into action
Discussing your problems is part of the equation but it’s not enough in and of itself. Don’t stop when you start to feel better. Come up with solutions and a clear plan for actions you can take to deal with the issues you’ve uncovered.
Step three: Keep your expectations in check
It’s not reasonable to expect that you’ll repair your relationship overnight. It’s common to take a step back for every step forward you take. Work hard not to be discouraged. Keep on the right path and it will get both easier and better.
Step four: Stay on the right track
When you start to see improvement remember that you must still continue to work. Resolving some of your problems will bring relief but keep in mind that not talking about what was going on is part of the reason you got into this situation in the first place. Stay proactive and deal with problems as they arise.
Step five: Keep a positive attitude
You do need to discuss the issues in your relationship but you should also discuss what you love about your marriage or relationship. Don’t focus solely on what isn’t working – take the time to talk about what you appreciate about each other. This simple step will make it easier to get things back on the right track.
As you work to save your marriage or relationship you must work together. If one of you feels that you’re doing most of the work then they’ll become overwhelmed. Be open to talking things through together and stay on track as you begin to make progress. Remember why you want to stay together.
For personalized help with your relationship contact a Thriveworks DC couples counselor today. We have the experience and expertise to help your relationship get back on track.