Relationships are so delicate. They can easily fail for so many possible reasons. Yes, even the strongest ones can be ruined within seconds.
It’s common to keep an eye out on big issues such as cheating and betrayal, among others, but it’s actually the abundance of little things that can lead to the end of a relationship.
Most of these unfortunate lovers reach to that point completely unaware that these small issues actually exist, and it’s already too late.
To help you prevent that from happening, here are 6 common things to watch out for:
1. Not saying sorry when you should.
I know that sometimes, it’s hard to admit that you’re wrong but when you are in a loving relationship, you need to forget about your pride and ego and just own your mistakes. An apology will not make you less of a person, but it will do wonders for your relationship.
2. Being overly critical.
You’re both different individuals with different backgrounds and raised in different homes, that’s why some of your partner’s habits may annoy you because you’re not used to that. Constant nagging about annoying habits can eventually destroy a relationship. Remember that no one’s perfect and we are all different human beings. To make your relationship work out, think about what really matters and pick your battles. Go easy on the criticism and learn to embrace your differences.
3. Being controlling.
This next issue is related to the one mentioned above. To all of you perfectionists and type-A’s, try to loosen up and let go of the idea that things should always be done your way. Remember, you’re a team and you both have equal rights in your relationship. Don’t allow your standards and insecurities to make your partner feel like they are your puppet.
4. Not making quality time for each other.
It’s not about the number of hours you spend in each other’s presence. It’s about how you connect as a couple when you are together. Date nights are essential in a successful relationship, but it doesn’t mean – fancy dinners or expensive activities. What’s the point of a date night when all you do is scroll through your phones? Remember, it’s the quality of you spend time with each other that will boost your relationship, not the quantity or the price tag.
5. Taking your partner for granted.
When the honeymoon phase is over and the crazy parenting-life takes over, it’s so easy relationships to become stale. Sometimes, being “too comfortable in your relationship” can make your partner feel like they are being taken for granted. Don’t let that happen. Despite of how busy life is, make a constant effort to always make your partner feel loved and appreciated.
6. Sweeping things under the rug.
Patience and understanding are both important keys to a successful relationship. But when you just keep on stockpiling negative emotions to avoid fights, you will only build resentment. You don’t always have to start a fight but you can raise your concerns politely. When you learn how to communicate openly and respectfully, your relationship will go a long way.