Caring for your relationship takes time, effort, and dedication. Being in a marriage requires attention and work to meet your spouses’ needs, which can be difficult as they can change over the years. As an expert in couples counseling in Orlando, we can help overcome some of the challenges of keeping the spark alive in your marriage over the years. When you learn how to deal with gaps in communication, difficulties with intimacy, and constant arguments, you can learn how to thrive in your relationship. These are a few tips to help you nurture your marriage over the years.
It can be easy to turn any conflict into a grudge, but this is a habit you should avoid. When someone makes a mistake or you run into constant conflict, you should learn how to work through the issue in a healthy manner. Avoid holding a grudge against your spouse, as this can just put a wedge between the two of you. When you hold grudges, you hold onto the emotions of resentment and anger. Over time, these can grow more intense and cause both of you more pain.
It may seem easy to breeze past one another to take care of your own responsibilities. However, when you are constantly passing by your spouse without true connection or conversation, you may be missing an opportunity. Be sure that you take the time to connect with each other each day. Take roughly 15 minutes to talk to your spouse about their day, their feelings, and just their overall well-being. When you take a genuine interest in how they are doing, you will be able to stay connected and prioritize one another over the years.
When you encounter big milestones, be sure that you recognize and celebrate these days. Celebrate anniversaries and special occasions together. Even if life seems too busy, or your kids have baseball practices, or you signed up for a work event, you should take the time to recognize the milestones that your relationship keeps achieving. Dedicating yourself to another person takes work, and you should spend time together celebrating that dedication.
Although you probably have your own hobbies, you should try to spend time developing joint hobbies that you can do with your spouse. Find common interests and sign up for some activities as a couple. This can involve other couples, or it can be something you do independently. When you take the time to do things together, like join a bowling league or go hiking on Saturday mornings, you will always have that time scheduled to be with each other.
Nurturing your relationship takes work and effort, and you both need to dedicate yourself to the process. By putting your relationship first in couples counseling in Orlando, you can learn techniques to improve your communication, love, and respect for one another. If you are ready to do the work to better your relationship, contact our professional therapists today.
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.