It has been proven that being in a healthy long-term relationship influences and significantly improves people’s mental health. Of course, this is only true for relationships in which mutual respect and understanding exist. However, if you want your relationship to stay healthy, you have to invest in it, and the upcoming Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do that.
Benefits of long-term relationships
Before we move on to some advice on how to spice up your Valentine’s Day and nurture your relationship, let’s take a look at some benefits of a long-term relationship. First of all, being loved and cared for gives you a sense of meaning and purpose in life. In addition to that, scientists have shown that people in strong relationships run a lower risk of depression. Simply put, your overall health is significantly better.
Nurture your relationship
No matter how strong a relationship is, it requires constant care. So, don’t forget how small things you do for each other matter. Additionally, compromise is the key to a successful relationship, since you cannot expect that you’ll always get what you want, and if you truly respect your partner, you need to be ready to give in from time to time.
Prepare a gift for your partner on special occasions
You may have passed the stage of buying gifts for every single celebration, but, Valentine’s Day and anniversaries are the perfect times to make an exception and surprise your loved one. This will spark the old flames and make your beloved feel special. In return, you’ll get their absolute attention and devotion. From this example, you can see that the best way to keep your partner is to make them feel wanted and irreplaceable.
Heat things up in your bedroom
Do you have a feeling that your sex life has become routine? If you do, it’s time for some changes. You can buy some new sexy lingerie, which will set the right mood and leave them breathless. Aside from this, consider bringing in some fun, which will absolutely spice things up. In the end, everything is about novelty, since it’s what keeps the passion going.
Respect each other’s boundaries
While you naturally want to spend time with your partner, both of you need to be complete individuals even without each other. Make time for individual activities and spend time alone with friends. No one wants to be a needy partner and no one wants to be with a needy partner.
Couples who spend every waking moment together tend to become co-dependent and can’t deal with separation very well. That’s why it’s important to establish and respect each other’s boundaries early on. Nurture each other’s individuality and cherish the activities you enjoy together. Don’t be afraid to say no when you don’t feel like doing something and also accept your partner’s no when they’re not in the mood. Boundaries are just as important as trust and affection in a relationship.
Remind each other of beautiful past moments
Another great thing that you can do for this Valentine’s Day is celebrate your past. Don’t hesitate to go over your old memories, since thinking about the beginnings will once again show you why you fell in love with your partner in the first place, and why you want to stay together forever. These reasons can easily slip our mind, so it’s very important to revive them from time to time. In addition, you can try to recreate some of the moments from your past by visiting the cafe where you had your first date or listening to the songs which you used to dance to.
Tell your partner “I love you”
Finally, the simplest thing, but an often forgotten one is telling your partner “I love you”. Although it’s natural that over the years you start saying these words less frequently, that doesn’t mean you should stop completely. Not only will this make your partner feel loved, but you’ll get the same in return, and what is even more important, this will help your relationship survive all the hardships you may encounter.
Building a long-term relationship which is beneficial to your mental and physical health is not that easy. However, if you make some extra effort, be considerate and remind your partner every single day of how much you care for them, then you’re on the right path to achieve this.