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Keeping the romance alive in a relationships gets tougher as time goes by. Like climbing the career ladder, each step presents its own set of challenges. Couples will experience a lot of tension along the way and will have to make a lot of sacrifices to keep the relationship working.
More of often than not, wandering becomes a problem for couples who have been together for a long time. Dullness can creep in throughout a long relationship, and couples will also be faced with moments of doubt that they must surpass if they want to keep their relationship alive.
To keep the romance going even after a long relationship, it is important for couples to have unwavering trust in their partner and to keep the love that they have for each other. There are also other crucial factors that couples must put into practice to keep the fire burning in the relationship.
Manage each conflict effectively. You may not totally agree but, happy couples argue sometimes. And when a couple has a fight, it does not mean that they will break up instantly. Couples, even those who have been together for several years, will have misunderstandings. But the reason why two people fight matters little; it is how they fight that is most important. The way married couples deal with conflicts can help in predicting divorce with an accuracy of 90 percent.
Never escalate the conflict by destructive communication tactics. Make use of constructive communication techniques to decelerate the fight without having to sound like you are avoiding the topic. Remember that with good communication, a loving couple will be able to preserve their long term relationship.
Continue to be good friends. Just because the two of you have become a couple, it doesn’t mean that you have to end the “friendship” that was established before. Most happy couples refer to each other as their best friend. It is important that both parties are satisfied with the love, sex and camaraderie in the relationship to keep the flame of romance burning bright. Some people think that romantic relationships are far different from friendships. But the truth is the best romantic relationships are built on solid friendships. Companionship and familiarity should always be there to back up your love.
Love and respect should always be present. Love means giving of oneself, his or her time and energy. It means caring for the other person and remembering what is important. Couples must also keep in mind that respect will always make things lighter for two people who are in love. Respect is all about being considerate of the other person. And if you have these in your relationship, keeping the romance alive will be easy.
Share power equally. Couples who have been in a relationship for a long time should already know their roles. Equal power should be present to avoid conflicts. It brings greater satisfaction for couples than those who are competing with each other. Equal couples have this kind of decision-making power that enables them to willingly share their thoughts and ideas with each other, making it possible for them to understand each other well.