Our relationships are hard work. We all wish that we could have happy, healthy and long-lasting relationships. Whenever a new year rolls around, it gives us a reason to wipe the slate clean and try to build a better relationship. These are eight small relationship resolutions you can make to improve your relationship in 2018:
1. Spend Less Time On Your Phone
One of the relationship resolutions that everyone should follow is to spend less time on their phone. As technology has advanced, we have relied on it more throughout our days, to the point where we are on our phones 24/7. We need to start putting our phones down, stop looking at social media and quit surfing the web when we should focus on our partners instead.
2. Try Something New As A Couple
A great way to strengthen the bond with your partner is to try something new with them. Go on a vacation this year to somewhere you've never been. Start taking cooking classes together. Enroll in yoga classes, if you have time. Doing something new together will bring you and your partner closer.
3. Plan A Weekly (Or Bi-Weekly) Date Night
Plan a weekly date night with your partner to ensure that you're spending time together. If you can't do it weekly (we know you have work, kids, and other priorities), you can plan a date night every other week. It gives you and your partner a chance to get away and enjoy one another's company.
4. Make More Time For Sex
One of the more important relationship resolutions is to make more time for sex. Sexual intimacy is an important aspect of a happy relationship and people too often let things get in the way of their sex life. Don't let stress or your work schedule stop you from having a healthy sex life with your partner.
5. Do One Kind Thing Each Day
If you really want to improve your relationship this year one of the best things you can do is make a plan to do one kind thing for your partner each day. It doesn't have to be anything big. Maybe you can bring flowers home one night, or pick up their favorite snack when you're at the store. Just do something little every day to show that you care.
6. Throw Pettiness To The Wayside
Healthy relationships are mature and stable. So if you want to improve your relationship in 2018, you need to stop being petty. This means not starting unnecessary fights or always having to get the last word. Learn to pick your battles and not bicker with your partner over everything.
7. Show Some PDA
A great way to improve your relationship this year is to start showing some PDA. We don't mean stripping your partner's clothes off in public. We mean kissing, hugging, holding hands. Show your partner some public affection to let them know you're proud to be with them.
8. Say “I Love You” Everyday
This is the most important of all of our relationship resolutions. If you want to have a healthier, happier relationship this year, make sure to always say, “I love you.” Even if your partner already knows that you love them, it never hurts for them to hear it. So no matter how your day has gone, even if you have been fighting all day, tell your partner that you love them.