Love is hard to find, but it’s even harder to hold on to. The past year has put a lot of stress on couples across the country, so it’s time to review some tips on building a healthy relationship.
If you’ve been in a committed relationship for years, or if you are one of the few who found new love during the pandemic, things are different now. Couples are reporting elevated levels of stress due to external factors around the coronavirus that affect social relationships, our careers, and our ability to pursue personal interests. We’re cooped up at home and spending more time with our partners than ever. That’s a big change for most relationships, and navigating these new waters can be a challenge.
If you’re struggling in your partnership or you just want to find more ways to improve communication and your love life, this is a great place to start. Read on for some important strategies you can use to build a healthy relationship.
Focus on What Binds You
It’s easy for cracks to form in your relationship if you’re always accentuating the negative. It’s been a turbulent year when it comes to public health, politics, careers, and perspectives on opening things up after the pandemic. There’s already so much to divide couples, dealing with a lot of the pressing news of the day simply adds fuel to the fire.
One of the best things couples can do is to avoid treacherous subjects and build on common ground. No, you don’t have to think exactly alike to have a flourishing relationship. In fact, diversity and differences of opinion can add spice to your love life. Build on the things you have in common and celebrate differences where appropriate.
Make Time for Each Other
When you’re working in the same house or apartment all day, or if you have the same group of friends and spend a ton of time together naturally, it can be easy to overlook your partner and what they need to feel loved. Don’t misread time in the same space as time “together”. Together time between couples should be intentional and have a purpose. Let your partner know you’re taking the time to be with them and not just sit near them.
Listening is a skill that most people in relationships lack. We all want to be heard instead of listening to what our partners have to say. Practice active listening to build a better relationship with your partner. A great way to do this is to ask clarifying questions anytime they have something important that they want to communicate. It lets them know that you’re not just waiting until they stop speaking to make your point.
Have Better Sex
Intimacy is a crucial part of every committed relationship. You need to create a space where both of you are fulfilled sexually and your needs are being met. Sex is one of the best ways to bond with your partner and is a fantastic way to express love. Don’t let the doldrums of a relationship hurt your sex life. Make an effort to keep it a priority for both of you. Whether that’s more dates or mixing things up in the bedroom, do whatever it takes to keep things fun and close.
How Research Peptides Could Help Sexual Performance
A lot of research is going into peptides and potential sexual benefits. One peptide, in particular, is showing some promise. PT141 is a synthetic peptide that is often called the female Viagra. In clinical studies done on mice, PT-141 increased copulation rates and sexual arousal in female and male mice. It’s providing insight into potential treatments for common sexual dysfunctions.
This peptide is not yet FDA approved for human use. There is more research that needs to be done but has promising future medical possibilities.
Try to Improve Yourself
For people in long-term relationships, it’s easy to point the finger. People often complain about things their partners do instead of focusing on what they can do better or how they can become a better version of themselves. On the other hand, people who look inward and are constantly striving to improve often find themselves happier and in better relationships. A good way to build a better relationship is to make yourself the most desirable version of yourself.