You never thought of yourself as a cheating partner. At the time it seemed so natural, so right. Now your partner looks at you like you just slithered out from under a rock. You’ve offered abject apologies. You’ve begged for forgiveness. What are you supposed to do? Nothing seems to be enough. You want to feel that the relationship is all fixed up, but nothing you do or say is enough right now.
Before you ask ‘can an abusive relationship get better?’, the answer is yes. When both partners are willing to put in some effort and to take responsibility for their own actions. However, this requires upgrading your skill set and your ability to communicate.
Common Types of Abuse
Physical and sexual abuse are the most common forms of domestic/family violence. However, there are other forms of abuse regularly used which can lead to power and control by an abuser. It can become a lifestyle that the abused person gets used to and they may not realise the effect it has on them and their children.
Many couples opt to enter relationship counselling or couples therapy when they feel like their relationship is going through a rocky patch and they don’t know how to resolve their issues. If you are considering relationship counselling or seeking expert relationship advice, you may want to start before your relationship gets to that rocky patch to avoid future heartache. Deal with issues that are starting to become a problem to ensure these issues don’t escalate out of control.
How to make your relationship work ?
So you want your relationship to flourish? But what do you do? What gives you the best chance? Simply put, don’t keep the good parts of your relationship a secret. Make certain you’re aware of every enjoyable aspect yourself. Be sure to let your partner know what’s working.
Most relationships need a little romance. New relationships are often awash with it but more established relationships sometimes get a little parched from lack of romance. So start looking for your opportunities to be sure your partner feels really loved. Birthdays, anniversaries or Valentine’s day are ready-made events. Feel free to create occasions of your own to celebrate your relationship.
Tips for handling financial pressures in relationships
Relationships can be challenging to navigate unless you have clear discussions and boundaries about how money is spent - especially when there is only one income earner.
How do you know when your relationship is in serious trouble? Is it the amount of fighting that tells you? The lipstick on your partner’s collar? Or your ongoing sense of disappointment and boredom?
Get into the giving spirit and make some miracles for your loved ones.
It’s the perfect time of year for miracles. Never mind the incredible tension of people and gifts and events sardined into a few short days. Warm up on Christmas spirit. Breathe in the wonderful possibilities the New Year offers. A fresh start counts as a miracle every time.
You’ve heard about oiling the squeaky wheel? It’s often a pretty fair description of how we approach our close relationships, taking the bits we like for granted and dwelling on the bits that don’t suit us so well. Have you ever wondered how different life might be if you spent more time enjoying the good things in relationships and less time chewing over the problems?
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