When in a relationship we sometimes wonder if it's going as well as it should. The newness has warn off a bit and now we're feeling like it's settling. But we're not sure what it's settling into, and that the love and respect you were first shown still exists.
As we settle into a relationship, communication can start to get lazy. We don't work as hard to be interested in the other, and fail to pay attention to the changes we're each experiencing as we get older.
Then months or years go by and we feel like we're less connected. Conversations are reduced to small talk and there seems to be this lack of interest in each other. The relationship has settled into a comfy existence.
Here are three ways that communication can tell us if we're still respected and loved in a relationship, and yes, that it hasn't settled!
How can you change this behaviour so that you have love and respect in your relationship?
Communicate your needs and desires to your partner by opening up the discussion. This maybe a simple conversation to make your partner aware of what's going on. It can also mean that they're dealing with insecurity brought on by personal or professional challenges. Either way, opening up the conversation can help you remedy this. Here's a few tips to make that conversation more successful:
Having a healthy relationship does take work—and equal participation from all involved. Although if you feel that you're not valued in the relationship, then it's a good time to consider your choices. We shouldn't be in a relationship out of fear, but because we love and respect one another, and we do that by building connection through healthy communication.
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Christine Hourd, Associate Certified Coach and owner of The Success Model, works with clients to help them reach their goals more rapidly. By improving how they communicate with themselves and others they more easily remove the roadblocks that impede success in their personal and professional life. Book an appointment to discuss how success coaching can benefit you.
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