Simply Solo Spotlight: Top Tips to Prevent Relationship Problems
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Top Tips to Prevent Relationship Problems
Ask any couple who has been together a long time and they all say the same thing – the secret to a long-lasting relationship is compromise. If you want to stay with someone for years, and more importantly stay happy, you have to be prepared for a bit of give and take.
These days though, we’re taught to expect the best, and the art of compromise has, by many people, been forgotten. “We’re worth it!” the ads tell us, and, “Don’t accept anything less than perfect.”
NEWSFLASH! No one is perfect. Nobody. Not even you. We all have our flaws, and love is about taking someone’s flaws and all. Unfortunately, a lot of modern day relationship problems stem from seemingly petty irritations – toothpaste caps left off, dirty socks on the floor, dishes in the sink. When you move past that first flush of love, the habits that seemed cute to begin with can begin to grate.
None of these issues are serious in themselves, but many of us let them build up, resentment simmering gently below the surface, until one day you blow your top and it all comes tumbling out. As far as the other person is concerned, they haven’t got a clue what’s going on. So they left their socks on the floor? What’s the big deal?
In the name of everlasting love then, here are some top tips to help you keep issues in perspective:
- Never complain about towels or socks on the floor. Yes it’s annoying but really, does it matter? “Yes!” I hear you cry. “Of course it does, it’s a sign of respect!” Is it though? If you really wanted to actively disrespect someone, would you choose towels as your weapon of choice? I wouldn’t. It’s not very imaginative, is it? When it comes down to it, towels really don’t matter. If it bothers you, pick them up, otherwise, get over it.
- Put yourself first – you know the mantra, nobody else will love you until you love yourself, and that’s true. Think about the things that make you happy, keep up with friends and hobbies, and respect your own boundaries. Being naturally clear and assertive about what you want will get you much better results than being sulky.
- Never offer to iron a shirt. If there is a task you particularly hate, don’t make a martyr out of yourself by doing it anyway. You’ll only resent your partner for it in the end, and they won’t even know what they’ve done wrong. Yes, it’s good to be supportive, but play to your strengths. If you’re good at cooking, cook. If your partner feels manly washing the car, let him get on with it and then be amazed at how shiny it looks.
- Have sex with your partner at least four times a week; otherwise be prepared for him to go elsewhere. Hahaha! Not really, that one is a joke. Do it is often as you want, enjoy it and never fake it. Otherwise how will he learn?
What are your tips to prevent relationship problems?
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