Relationships need nurturing much as a garden needs tending. Particularly if you’re in a long term marriage, it’s far too easy to let the hustle and bustle of family, jobs, social obligations and life in general cloud over connecting with your partner.
Couples who do not prioritize each other and the relationship this way often eventually struggle. When there is a disrupted flow of communication, issues can simmer and have a way of bubbling up. This can take the form of resentment which left unchecked is toxic. You probably know it if your partner is harboring negative energy around something you’ve done.
Unchecked resentment can manifest in the following behaviors:
Incorporating even a brief check-in with each other can decrease the build-up of resentment and other relationship issues that stem from poor couples communication. There are a myriad of potential purposes for this allotted time such as asking about each others’ day, getting an emotional read on each other, discussing an incident where one felt hurt so that it can be worked through or simply sending the message that you are important enough to each other to carve out the time.
A check-in can take place anywhere; a walk, sitting on the couch after the kids are asleep (with the t.v. off) or for those with incredibly frenetic lives, by the coffee maker over a “cuppa joe.” I love it when couples to take a walk together so they have the opportunity to move their bodies and get the benefits of exercise at the same time.
Great check-in questions to ask include:
- How are you? How are you feeling?
- How are we doing?
- Have I done anything to upset you?
- Have I done anything you liked so that I can do more?”
However you’re able to fit it in, remember to prioritize this important connection time – in whatever way suits your particular situation and lifestyle.3