The key to a healthy relationship is simpler than it seems: communication and mindfulness. But you can’t have either of those things if you and your honey are glued to the phone 24/7.
Here’s how to be more present in your relationship:
1. Turn off your phone.
The quickest way to be more mindful in your relationship is to unplug. Take a break from texting and social media to actually spend some quality time with your partner. Go for a hike together. Make an intimate dinner at home for the two of you. Give each other your undivided attention for a few hours.
2. Make more eye contact.
Making eye contact with your honey will increase a sense of trust and let your partner know you are paying attention to what they are saying.
3. Listen to your SO.
All too often, we start coming up with our reply before really listening to what the other person is saying. Take the time to really hear them out so you can listen free from judgement.
4. Stop multitasking.
Stop trying to watch Netflix, make dinner, play with the dog, read the news, and have date night all at the same time. You need to slow down and dedicate time solely to your SO if you want it to count.
5. Try a couple’s bath or massage.
If you can’t afford a private getaway with your honey, try a sensual bath at home or a couple’s massage. Taking a couple hours out of your busy schedules to share an intimate moment is a great way to remind yourself what you enjoy about each other’s company.
6. Have more sex.
And don’t think about your to-do list while doing your SO. Don’t let your mind wander and stay completely in the moment, enjoying your partner’s body.
7. Stop worrying about the future.
Living in the present means not overanalyzing everything and worrying about future scenarios you have no control over. You’ll only end up building up problems inside your head that don’t actually exist.
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