This past year has tested relationships perhaps more than any other time in recent memory. When coronavirus hit, couples across the country suddenly found themselves spending more time with each other than they thought possible. We worked at the same dining tables and did all the chores together. Many couples reported that the time together was wonderful, while others said they had to make adjustments to ensure each partner had their personal space. 

Everyone is different, and finding the right partner who compliments you is a big part of making a relationship work. If the pandemic taught us anything, it was that we have to be flexible and resilience in relationships is so important. Every relationship is going to go through tough times. It’s how we respond that determines whether something lasts. 

If you’re looking for ways to strengthen your relationship in the face of adversity, or you just want to be ready for when it arrives, here are some things that can help. We’ve put together 6 ways you can strengthen your relationship starting today. 

Step 1 – Create Understanding

Too many relationships fail because people project their needs onto their partners. You like the house to be clean, so you clean the house tirelessly, thinking that it’s an act of service that your partner will appreciate. When they don’t say anything and don’t contribute as much as you like to the cleaning, resentment builds.

What’s happening here is that you are communicating love the way you want to be loved. However, that may not be how your partner wants to be loved. Finding out what type of love, communication, acts of service, gifts, etc. that your partner values will help you know how to love them and vice versa. Open communication is crucial to developing this sort of understanding in relationships. 

Step 2 – Give Each Other Space

It’s fine to spend a lot of time together when things are new and you can’t imagine being apart. Just know that this feeling eventually fades. The problems start when it fades faster for one partner than it does for the other. People get jealous when their spouse or partner wants to go out with friends or spend time alone. They feel like it’s a rejection of them instead of what it is – that someone needs to have some space. 

Step 3 – Create Common Interests

Long-term, love can’t only be about sex and Friday nights out. You’re going to need to build some sort of foundation with common interests that keep you connected. Kids do that for a lot of couples, but that’s not for everyone, and, at some point, even kids fail to keep people together. To strengthen your relationship, build common interests with your partner. Take some classes together, travel, watch the same shows. Be willing to give a little when your partner wants to do something you wouldn’t otherwise be very interested in. Spending time together will make you closer for longer. 

Step 4 – Keep the Sex Live

Sex and physical intimacy are important in every relationship. Know, though, that every relationship is also going to have a high-desire partner and a low-desire partner. Both need to stay committed to making the sex work for both of you. You don’t necessarily need to put sex on the calendar. Just make sure it stays high on the list of things to do. Physical intimacy maintains the bond you have and keeps both of you connected. 

One thing getting a lot of attention is the peptide, PT-141. It’s a unique peptide that stimulates the MC-4R, which produces sexual arousal. Studies in mice show that increasing MC-4R leads to more sex and higher sexual arousal in males and females.

Step 5 – Stay Honest

Don’t let deception creep into your relationship. One little lie that you think is harmless can build into major lies that will destroy what you have. Stay honest with each other no matter the cost. That way the both of you will always know that you can trust what the other is saying. It eliminates doubt and insecurity and keeps you feeling more confident in each other. 

Step 6 – Make Friends Together

Each of you is going to be coming into your relationships with friends of your own. Often, one partner’s friends and social activities dominate the relationship. As much as you can, find friends together so you can share in the relationships equally. Join classes, make connections at church, or find friends in your neighborhood. As you both make friends together, you’re building a strong foundation that will last. 

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