At th' end o' every year, we begin thinkin' about how t' improve ourselves in th' upcomin' twelve months, and a bucket o' chum. We make plans fer startin' th' New Year in a positive and productive way, which is good, but how often do we apply this t' our relationships? Here are some ways t' give yer relationship a boost and make 2013 yer best year yet.
Get Healthy Together
It’s so much easier t' eat better, start workin' out or give up a bad habit (like smokin') when ye have support. For example, if ye’re tryin' t' go vegan and yer spouse is still plannin' t' make pork roasts and Buffalo win's, it could present a real challenge. Pick somethin' ye both would like t' improve upon and do it together.
Don’t Overshare On Social Media Networks
It’s so temptin' t' send out a frustrated tweet or passive-aggressive Facebook update but that temporary lapse in judgement can really affect yer relationship. Walk the plank! Not only is it unfair t' share intimate details on a social networkin' site, it also puts yer maties and family in an awkward position. Most o' us have committed this sin but it’s really best t' keep yer private life, well, private.
Stop Puttin' Off Counselin'
So many couples know that they could benefit from th' help o' a therapist but they get busy in their lives and stop thinkin' about it until th' next big argument. Rather than allowin' th' resentments and frustrations t' continue buildin', be proactive and face th' issues head-on.
We live our lives constantly tethered t' our smart phones, laptops and other gadgets but, when it comes t' spendin' time with yer significant other, try givin' yer partner yer undivided attention. If ye’re textin' and checkin' yer email while they are tellin' ye about their day, it can give th' impression that ye don’t care.
Make Sex a Priority
Between carpoolin', workin', after-school activities, homework, workin' out and preparin' meals, we can feel stretched t' our limits. And swab the deck! Aarrr! By th' time we crawl into bed at night, we just want a few minutes t' relax and finally get some sleep. Unfortunately, that leaves virtually no time fer intimacy and, o'er time, it really does affect most couples, with a chest full of booty. Durin' th' day, try sendin' a steamy text or email t' yer partner. You might just find that ye’re lookin' forward t' bedtime fer a different reason.
Those early days o' a relationship are so much fun, partly because we put more effort into plannin' what we will do together but gettin' away and havin' a good time is even more important as time goes by, with a chest full of booty. Become tourists in yer own city and try thin's (a Segway tour, fer example) that ye’ve always wanted t' do but ne'er followed through. Take dance lessons or a cookin' class. Life can be complicated and free time becomes more scarce but ye should always make time fer a little fun – even if it’s just a quick date at a coffee shop.