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5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship

February 10th, 2012 by Dr. Lisa, Medical Director

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Nothing is better than a happy, healthy relationship. When you and your partner are on the same page, you feel more confident, fulfilled and engaged with the world around you. Yet maintaining a healthy relationship isn’t easy, especially in today’s hectic world. In fact, it seems like some modern couples spend more time on Facebook than they do in each other’s arms!

Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks that can help to ensure that your relationship stays strong. Consider the following:

Communication is a must. We all know that sharing our feelings with our partner is important, but sometimes we tend to share only the negative feelings. For example, it’s almost second nature to communicate to your partner that you hate his lack of punctuality, but when is the last time that you communicated something positive? Make an effort to share appreciation with your partner at least once a day, even if it is something small such as, “Thank you for making the bed this morning.”

Establish trust. You can’t have a happy relationship without trust, yet sometimes it is hard to open up and take down those barriers, especially if you have been hurt in the past. Along with communication, you can help to establish trust by discovering your sexual health status. If you haven’t been tested in a while—or ever—it is never too late to start. Nothing beats peace of mind when it comes to intimacy, so consider undergoing the process as a couple to help improve your trust. You can visit www.SexualHealth.com or call 855.SEX.HEALTH (855.739.4325).

Talk about the future. It’s important to make sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to your life goals. For example, do you plan on taking your relationship to the next level, or do you have different feelings on marriage and children? The discussion of the future and family planning is always important, but don’t forget you can also have some fun with your talks. You can plan a vacation together for the future or create a couple’s bucket list of things you want to accomplish as a pair.

Commit to monogamy. There is no such thing as “safe” sex other than abstinence, which often isn’t an option for most couples. While safer sex measures such as condoms and dental dams can decrease your risk of STDs, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. In order to further decrease your risk and secure your sexual health, make a commitment to monogamy and agree not to have multiple partners. Your health is worth it.

Create a shared interest. Nothing bonds a couple together like shared interests. If you don’t yet see eye-to-eye on the way you spend your Friday nights, consider discovering a shared interest together. Maybe you could join an intramural sports team or a trivia group at your favorite bar. Or, you could sign up for a salsa dance class or maybe even a stand-up comedy class! The sky is the limit, and with so many options, you are sure to find something that is right for you and your partner.

Here’s to healthy, happy love!

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