With 2020 just days away, it's a good time to reflect on your marriage, the shortcomings in your relationship, and any goals you would like to tackle in the new year. Whether you and your spouse are dealing with financial issues, infidelity, communication issues, or any other issue, the new year can bring new opportunities for improvement.
Below are a few resolutions that you and your spouse can work on together to reignite your relationship.
The phrase "teamwork makes the dream work" applies to most things. Your spouse is your partner, and when things get complicated, it's easier to handle situations together. In 2020, make it a point to try to keep that in mind. Working on things together will help strengthen your bond and improve your marriage in many different areas.
Often, people make resolutions and break them not long into the new year. You can avoid this by taking the steps necessary to keep you and your spouse accountable. When you notice each-other failing to keep working on things, recognize that and calmly discuss it. Remind each other that nothing worthwhile comes easy and motivate your spouse with thoughtful words.
Love languages help people understand what their spouse values in a relationship. Whether that's words of appreciation, physical touch, gifts, acts of service, or quality time, knowing this will help ignite your bond. You can take an assessment to determine your love language here.
Do you have home renovation projects in mind? Or maybe you're interested in art? Whatever you are passionate about, bring that into the relationship. Working on projects together allows you to connect with your partner mentally, physically, and emotionally. Once you are completed, both of you can celebrate. You can use a celebration as incentive to finish the project in a timely manner. It will feel amazing seeing a project come to fruition with your spouse knowing the two of you working on it together.
It's essential to keep things fresh in a relationship, especially a marriage. You can keep things exciting by consistently trying new things with your spouse. Whether that's that checking out a new restaurant, visiting a new country, or trying a new activity, you choose! By doing this you can experience the newness of a relationship again.
Honesty is the foundation of any relationship. To continue to improve your relationship, it's essential to remain upright, even through difficult times. Through honesty, you can build trust in the marriage, which is key. If you're feeling something, let your partner know right away. By being honest, you're not letting things build and boil up, which makes for a healthier relationship.
Forgiveness can be difficult, especially if the past holds a lot of pain and distrust. But, it's the only way to get past any issues truly. In the new year, focus on aiming to forgive when things go awry. Both parties have to keep accountable and make effective change in order for that to happen but it's a great goal to have. Through forgiveness you and your spouse can achieve peace and harmony.
Self-care can go a long way in a relationship! The partnership can strengthen through giving each other time to reflect, focusing on your own needs, and enjoying time with friends and family. By doing this, you give the other person time to focus on themselves, which means two independent people will come together in a healthy relationship.
In 2020, try your best to not actively scream, yell, or insult your partner during disagreements. If you can come together to discuss an issue, you are leaps and bounds ahead. Remember, it's you and your partner vs. the problem, not against each other. If you take this approach it gives both of you the opportunity to resolve things.
Kind words go a long way in any relationship, and by doing this, you are giving your partner constant reassurance. If your spouse does something that you enjoy, let them know. Allow 2020 to be positive in everything that you do with your partner.
The new year is always a blank slate. It allows people to meditate on their past new and come up with new goals to grow. With the new year around the corner, take time to discuss your resolutions. Use the above resolutions as a starting point and strive for success throughout the new year and beyond.