A Guide to Saving Your Relationship in Five Simple Steps – Therapy in Columbia, MD

Most couples go through periods where they’re more connected and periods when they’re less connected. If you’re worried about the health of your relationship then today is the day to take action. These five steps are a great place to start but Thriveworks Columbia, MD Counseling and Coaching can provide you with the personalized attention your relationship deserves.

1.  The old adage is right: It all starts with communication

When’s the last time you and your partner talked about your relationship? Were you open and honest or did you hold back to avoid a fight? The first step in moving forward is to let go and be honest. Talk to them about what’s going on. Allow them to do the same. Avoid defensiveness.

2.   The second step starts with taking a step

It’s wonderful to have discussed your issues but to move forward you must then take a step forward: take action. Find ways to resolve the issues in your relationship and act on them. For example, if your partner is upset that you don’t have time for him or her, make time for him or her. These actions can be simple and still be effective.

3.  Patience is a virtue

You want your relationship to change right away but unfortunately it’s not generally that simple. You’re likely to have ups and downs as you work to rebuild your relationship. Be patient with the process – and with each other.

4.  Stay on track for good

The goal is not to make small changes that will affect your life today. The goal is to make long-term changes that will affect your relationship moving forward. Stay diligent, keep communicating, and you’ll be able to build a strong foundation for the future.

5.  Beware of your focus

A word of warning: as you work to build you relationship it’s easy to focus on what’s not working. While it is important to be aware of the problems in your relationship it’s equally important to take a look at what you’re doing right. Tell your partner every day exactly what you appreciate about them.

These steps are a great starting point to improve your relationship. If you’re ready for a deep change then you’re ready to work with a Thriveworks Columbia, MD couples counselor.

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