Emotional Intelligence: Nurturing Self-Awareness and Healthy Relationships

Are you getting serious about a healthy relationship and wondering how to ensure it’s healthy and a good one? Or maybe you’ve had a committed loved one for years and need to strengthen the relationship even more. Either manner, while relationships are tough work, they’re also sensationally fulfilling one and worth the effort! 

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Construct up a good emotional connection.

Be vulnerable with your loved one (and vice versa) to construct up your bond. Maintaining a deep emotional connection with your loved one is about making them feel loved and certain they do the same for you. Verbalizing your deep down feelings to your loved one and telling them that you loved them. The more you share your feelings and thoughts, the more understood and emotionally fulfilling you’ll both feel.

• A healthy relationship is one where both loved ones communicate, share their emotions, and respect each other without the power imbalance.

• However, your loved one must never pressure you to be at risk when you’re not ready, or push you to share each tiny thought.

• Gratitude is also significant. Make a regular habit to show appreciation for your loved one! Complimenting their strengths and thanking them when they do something to you.

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Enjoy activities and dates as a couple to feel connected with your loved one. Even if you’ve been together for a longer time, planning activities with your loved one is necessary. Set aside 1 night each week to be the designated “date night,” and think of good stuff to do that you both enjoy. It’s alright to spend some nights lounging at sweet home, but also be certain to do stuff that takes you out on the city!

• Date nights can be anything you explore romantic (and fun). For example, you could do karaoke, go bowling, take a hike together and revisit a favorite restaurant.

• Life gets busier sometimes, especially if kids and work are included. If weekly date nights aren’t achievable for the moment, plan monthly dates instead.

• Try doing household tasks and chores together, too. This must not replace leisure activities and dates, but it’s a great way to spend quality time with your loved one while making sure that you share responsibilities.

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Boundaries make your loved one aware of what you want in a relationship. Set parameters and personal boundaries for the relationship. Explaining each expectation and boundary to the loved one, and getting verbal confirmation that they understood and do respect each one. Defining such limits will block conflict, and you’ll have a key for discussion if someone crosses up the line.

• Boundaries could be social, personal, and financial. For example, you may explain to the loved one that you valued quality time with them, but you want at least 1 night a week to spend with buds.

• In a healthy relationship, neither loved one must try to control the other. Respecting your loved one’s boundaries and certain they do the same for you.

• Don’t be afraid to raise your standards for a relationship! Know what you want in the relationship, and don’t settle for someone sub-par. You deserve a partner who will respect you and your needs.

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Relationships are much more fulfilling when you prioritize each other’s requirements. You should understand your loved one boundaries and expectations, just as they must respect yours. Absorb about their requirements for the relationship earlier on, whether they come out and tell you or you want to ask them. Respecting your loved one’s boundaries signals that you trust them to act independently without breaking faith with you.

Your loved one isn’t a mind reader, so tell them what you want. When you talk to your loved one, communicate honestly about what bothers you and what you enjoyed. Be particular about the emotional needs and wants. Communicate your requirements at the beginning of the relationship. You express trust and vulnerability in the loved one by opening yourself up—and the openness does invite them to be just as honest with you.

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Listening to one another does make you both feel understood and valued. Communication is a two-way road! When your loved one speaks, offer them your full attention; actively listen and remember what they said. Aim on understanding their words rather than formulating the response. Keep on steady eye contact, and ignore interrupting them as they talk.

Trust is the basis to a happy, long, and healthy relationship. Talk to your loved one about faith and what it signifies to you. What do you consider a trust violation? Does your version of faith differ from your loved one? Once you understand what both of you require, aim to build up faith. Follow through to your promises, be there for your loved one in times of requirement, and respect their borderline at all times.

Spontaneity keeps your romance feeling new and fresh. Relationships do become routine fast, so keep the spark going by thinking of creative and fun manners to surprise your loved one. Spring a romantic activity and a tiny gift on them, or bringing them on a spur-of-the-moment overnight escape. Do something neither of you has ever tried to keep both of you entertained and engaged.