Valentine’s day is coming up and so I thought it would be fitting to write a post on expert relationship tips for those of you who are looking to improve your relationship or keep it strong. This post is ESPECIALLY recommended for couples who are in their first year of living together. In my experience, it was the most difficult year because of all the adjustments I had to do. It was an exciting and happy year but it was also a year of self-discovery (the good and the ugly). Luckily, I have had a personal relationship expert to guide me through the rough patches or steer me clear of potential problems.
My personal relationship expert was married for 54 years, raised 5 children and is now a great grandfather. He’s my grandfather and he keeps me on track, sending me reminders and advice to keep my relationship healthy and strong.
I’ve re-read all of the tips, emails and documents he’s sent me over the last 4 rookie years that I have been married and I’ve summed them up into 14 points. Before I get to them, let me just say that the one thing he constantly reminds me of is to make time for my partner and to make sure we don’t get too busy with our own activities that we forget to make new memories together.
A few new habits my husband and I have attempted to create in 2015/2016:
- reading personal development books – great for relationships, self-control and self-discipline
- meditating in the morning
- exercising and stretching in the morning
- having breakfast together in the morning
- saying what we are thankful for
We are the biggest sleepy heads ever and love napping. To take on these morning rituals was a daunting task.
We are not always consistent but we never give up. Tony Robbins (famous personal development coach) says that you will start to create a habit if you repeat something for 7 days straight. Habit is fully formed when repeated for 66 days straight. We’re not quite there yet. It’s a work in progress but what relationship isn’t a work in progress?