People love to give relationship advice – it’s a fact of life. Whether it’s friends, family, co-workers, or even strangers, people will always give you their two cents. This probably means that you’ve probably heard a lot of the straightforward relationship advice that’s out there: “Communication is key,” “never go to bed angry,” “always trust your gut,” you name it. Still, even if you are faced with a conventional relationship problem, you might need some creative advice to overcome it.
Here are 5 unconventional tips for a healthy relationship:
- Don’t solve every single conflict
In a relationship, there are bound to be conflicts, big or small. And while it’s vital to address larger issues head-on, you shouldn’t tackle every little disagreement you and your partner have. Instead of focusing on solving all of your problems, communicate openly and honestly. Sometimes one of you will have to compromise, but it will help you move forward with empathy and acceptance of your partner.
- Overlook the things that aren’t working in your relationship
Another way to move past conflict is to try and ignore the things that aren’t working in your relationship and instead focus on the things that are. Channeling positivity in your relationship will help you move past the things that are bothering you. Which can make your relationship healthier and more joyful.
- Don’t be afraid to hurt your partner’s feelings
Nicely, of course. If you want your relationship to work, you need to speak your mind. It’s never okay to be mean, but don’t be afraid to prioritize your feelings over his every once in a while if it’s for the greater good of the relationship. This can look like setting new boundaries or calling your partner out for overstepping some that had already been established. Don’t hide your feelings to protect your partner’s.
- Spend time apart
You need to take some space for yourself every now and then so that you can focus on introspection and self-care. Taking time apart will help you maintain a sense of independence in your relationship, which will strengthen your bond in the long run. After all, distance makes the heart grow fonder!
- Consider a babysitter
Taking care of children can put a lot of stress on your relationship. Intentionally setting some time aside to be a couple and check-in with each other can help you keep your relationship healthy for your sake and the sake of your children. Babysitters can help to save a relationship!
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