It is not a nuisance that social media creates unrealistic expectations. It affects the way we perceive ourselves, our assets, and even our relationships. What many of us fail to realize is how easy it is to hide behind a screen. The ebbs and flows of relationships are unavoidable, even if they seem nonexistent online. Being #RelationshipGoals on the internet is desirable, but are you putting that energy IRL?
We’ve gathered some essential tips to get you and your partner on the road to #RelationshipGoals (no filter needed).
- Embrace Individuality
It’s easy to get lost in shared interests and hobbies with your partner – especially at the beginning of your relationship. While this is a sweet dynamic, it’s important to maintain your individuality. Couples whose identities have merged into one aren’t healthy. Having separate social lives and hobbies will keep a healthy balance in your relationship.
- Learn How To Communicate Effectively
Communication is the foundation of every great relationship. Learning how to be an active listener, as well as learning how to pick your battles will help you two become excellent communicators.
- Be Supportive
To succeed, you need to treat each other as equals. Just because you disagree on a couple of things, it doesn’t mean you’re not on the same team. When you support one another, regardless of your differences, you are cultivating a healthy relationship.
- Make Space For Variety
Believe it or not, romance relies on variety. If you and your partner rely on a strict date night routine, it will strain your relationship in the long run. To prevent from falling into a rut, try something new every once in a while. Surprise them with flowers, breakfast in bed, or a new move in the bedroom. It will fuel your spark.
- Have Realistic Expectations
Life isn’t a Rom-Com. Couples go through their ups and downs, and that’s completely normal. You don’t need filters and likes to realize you and your partner are in a healthy relationship. Stop being so hard on yourself. Love and respect are all you need to succeed.