The year is coming to an end, and so is yet another relationship…just like last year. Are you killing it? Or are you being killed? Here are 10 relationship tips for the mindful new year.
1. Make Your Partner a Priority
You need to make time for your partner in your schedule. If they're not on your list of priorities right now, then they won't be getting the attention they need from you. And if they don't get the attention they need from you? Then there's a good chance the relationship will suffer as a result of it.
So how do we make time for our partners in our busy lives? One way is by setting aside specific times during the week (or even just one night) where we plan on having couple-time with them. This could be anything from going out to dinner together or watching a movie at home together (either way is fine!). Just make sure that whatever it is that you decide to do together happens regularly enough so that neither of you gets bored with doing.
2. Take Responsibility for Your Actions
This means recognizing that every word or action of yours is an extension of yourself, and that if you say something or do something that hurts someone else, then it's not just “their fault”—it's your fault too! It's true that other people may have had a hand in causing harm or pain, but ultimately only YOU can take responsibility for your actions by being mindful of them so they don't get out of hand again.
And when it comes to relationships with people who matter most—like family members or friends—this is even more important because these are the people who are going to be there for us through thick and thin.
3. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Away With You
It's easy to let your emotions get the best of you. And while it's not always possible to stop yourself from feeling, it is possible to control how you react to them. This is where mindfulness comes in.
Mindfulness helps us recognize the emotions we're experiencing and gives us tools for dealing with them in a healthy way. It teaches us how to be aware of our emotions without reacting impulsively or letting those feelings overwhelm us—so we can stay calm, cool, collected and in control even when we feel like we're on fire inside!
4. Be Open and Honest About Everything
If you want to be in a healthy relationship with someone else, then it's important that they feel like they can trust you. If they know that you will always tell them the truth no matter what happens, then they will feel more secure in their relationship with you.
They won't have to worry about whether or not they can trust their partner because they know that there is nothing to hide from them or from anyone else who may ask questions about what happened between them two when they first started dating or living together as a couple!
If there are any problems between you two (and there probably will be at some point), being open and honest about everything is key for working through those issues so that both parties involved feel comfortable talking about them with each other instead of shutting down.
5. Be Kind and Respectful to Your Partner's Family Members
This includes their parents, siblings, grandparents, and any other extended family members that you may have met throughout the year. If you haven't met them yet, this is the perfect opportunity to make an impression!
Being kind and respectful can seem like common sense but sometimes it's difficult to do when we're not feeling our best. For example: maybe you have had a long day at work or maybe someone cut you off on the highway. These things can make us feel frustrated or angry. However, when we're with our partner's family members (especially during holiday gatherings), we need to remember that they're not responsible for our emotions or actions. In fact, they deserve our respect just as much as anyone else does!
6. Maintain a Healthy Balance Between Work and Family Life
One of the most important things to remember when you're working hard is that it's not just about you. You need to keep yourself healthy, but you also need to keep your relationships healthy. This can be difficult in today's busy world, where we are constantly connected to our phones and computers. It's easy to get caught up in work and forget about the people around us.
When you are working on something, take some time to think about how it affects everyone involved—including yourself! You don't want your work life to completely consume your family life or vice versa; this could lead to burnout or even divorce… no one wants that! So make sure that everything is balanced between your work life and personal life by taking time for yourself and spending time with the people who matter most to you!
7. Avoid Arguments and Letdowns
Arguments are a normal part of any relationship—and they can be healthy if they lead to deeper understanding and empathy between partners. But when arguments become habitual and unhealthy, they can cause serious damage to a relationship.
That's why you should know what causes arguments for you and your partner, then you'll be better equipped to handle them when they do happen.
Make sure that both partners have time alone each week so that they have space from each other but still feel connected when together again. This will help them recharge after an argument and prevent future ones from happening because people tend not to argue about something when they're calm and happy!
8. Always Remember That Your Partner Is Just as Human as You Are
We're all guilty of taking things for granted, and that goes for our relationships too. Sometimes it's easy to assume that our partners are always going to be there for us, or that they won't change their minds about something important. But if we want our relationships to last, we have to remember that our partners are human beings with feelings—just like us!
Try reminding yourself that your partner is just as human as you are. That way, when they do something weird or frustrating or even harmful, you'll be able to take a step back and remember that they're not perfect—they're just another person who sometimes makes mistakes like everyone else does.
One thing that makes marriages fail is when couples stop dating each other. They stop doing things that make them feel like they're falling in love with each other all over again, and they stop treating each other like individuals. They get stuck in a routine and forget why they fell in love in the first place.
So we're here to tell you today: don't let that happen! Keep dating your fiancée! And we're not just talking about on special occasions either—we're talking about everyday things. Try something new every week or two: go out for breakfast instead of breakfast at home; take a walk around the block; go hiking on a trail that's near you; cook dinner together instead of ordering takeout; play video games together. Whatever it is that makes you happy as a couple, do it more often.
And if you really want to make sure your marriage lasts forever? Then don't forget how much fun it was when you first started dating—and keep doing those things!
10. Never Stop Loving Each Other
The most important thing when it comes to relationships is to never stop loving each other. You should constantly remind yourself that the feelings of love and affection you have for this person will never go away, no matter what obstacles come your way.
This is especially important when times get tough, because that's when people tend to lose sight of their true feelings. But if you can remain steadfast in your love for each other, even through difficult times, then there's nothing stopping you from having a happy and healthy relationship all year long.
So, if you're looking for a way to be healthier and happier in your relationships, start by taking a little time to breathe every day. Mindfulness exercises and behaviors are a simple, low-maintenance way to make your life better this year… or any other year, for that matter. ‘Tis the season to be mindful!
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