Every new relationship is so exciting, and while it’s easy to eagerly throw yourself into finding common interests and shared ideals, it’s not very easy to maintain a long-lasting relationship.
A couple whose different identities and interests can complement each other and create a stronger bond can have a very long-lasting relationship and I think we can all agree that is #relationshipgoals.
In one way or another, we are all guilty as we have ever made silly and avoidable mistakes that ruined great relationships. Make your relationship flourish using the below tips for a long-lasting relationship.
1. Make sure you don’t post your relationship on social media
Not everyone on social media is happy about your relationship and posting your relationship on social media could be a recipe for disaster as those against the relationship could find ways and means to end it.
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2. If you really want to post it make sure their faces are not shown
If you really want to post your relationship on social media you can confuse your detractors by not showing the face of your partner, this way, they wouldn’t know whom you are in a relationship with.
3. Compromise on individual differences
While individuality is important, you need to walk the thin line of expressing yourself and your opinions without overshadowing the expression or the needs of your partner. It’s important to note that compromising isn’t about keeping a scoreboard of who gets their way, it’s about acknowledging that you have to give a little to get at little and that in the long-term being flexible will lead to a happier relationship.
4. Understand your communication styles
Just like everyone has their personality, so does everyone also has a communication style. Understanding your personal communication style as well as your partner’s communication style can help you navigate misunderstandings and conflicts as a couple with more empathy and ease.
5. Support your partner through thick and thin
Through sickness and through health is a phrase most often associated with marriage but in reality, one that should be applied to any long-term relationship. Such circumstances require you to step into a care-taking role. It’s important to show your partner that you care about them, and are willing to sacrifice some of your autonomy to support them through difficult times.
6. Avoid comparisons
In the age of social media, it’s easy to compare yourself and your relationship to what you see posted online, a reason why it’s mostly advisable to keep your relationship off social media vultures. All relationships go through ups and downs, no matter what is reflected on a couple’s Instagram feed. Don’t fall into the trap of feeling inadequate or unloved because of unfair comparisons prompted by social media.
7. Trust each other
All of the above-mentioned strategies will help you build up trust, which is key to having happy, lasting relationships. If you want an intentional relationship, then do things to build trust and gather information about the other person’s trustworthiness. Exhibit vulnerability and openness, share secrets and be generous in your offers to compromise.