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6 Ways To Keep A Long-term Relationship Alive

By Guest Blogger Helen B.

 

6 Ways To Keep A Long-term Relationship Alive

 

It is a fact that our feelings tend to change as time goes by. This is noticeable in long-term relationships as well. A lot of people get frustrated due to changes and their response can jeopardize the whole relationship. Once honey moon phase is over, couples find themselves in front of big decisions. Questions arise, and often, people conclude that they made a mistake, since they’re not in love anymore, and end the relationship. The truth is, couples just need to slow down, talk and understand each other. Nothing good came out of fear. The text below offers useful tips which may come in handy while thinking about your relationship.

Try to have the best time of your life

A great sign of strong relationship is the ability to laugh with your significant other. It is crucial that you can share and experience happiness together. Of course, sense of humor can be very helpful in stormy times. In order to keep the relationship alive, it is very important to be able to laugh at your imperfections while trying to grow and overcome them. The same rule should go for your partner as well. When times become rough, laughter is the best medicine you’ll have.

Stay open-minded

When a relationship gets intense and close, plenty of couples begin to draw boundaries and protect from each other. This is a destructive behavior since love can’t be alive if you don’t share time and feelings with your partner. Open your eyes wide and see what your partner loves to do. Ask them how they feel and just keep up with good and open communication. It is important to do everything you can to avoid a restriction of your partner’s happiness. Forget about all boundaries, both of you should feel free in the relationship.

Express your love, don’t hide it inside

Love is a living force and should be treated that way. Every expression of love should be transparent and your partner will be happy to know they’re loved. Don’t just use words, they aren’t as strong as you may think. Showing of love is a much better way of keeping your relationship healthy and fulfilling. Always find enough time to talk and show affection. Those should be your daily routine. Hold your hands, make a lot of eye contact and enjoy with each other.

Keep up with your individuality

Make sure to remain a genuine individual at all times. Try not to lose yourself in love by jeopardizing your innate separateness. You should encourage each other to remain yourselves above all. You fell in love with that person, and you don’t want to lose it to your relationship. Fuel up yourself with tolerance and help your loved one to pursue their personal goals. Instead of merging into one, try to continue with your life, and magically, your relationship will get better and stronger.

Practice an open communication

Regardless of the problems you have, don’t feel embarrassed to share them with your significant other. You may feel depressed or anxious about the future, you may feel a decrease in libido or experience other sexual related issues. Always talk to your partner about those issues and they’ll be eager to help. Don’t be afraid to go to a couple’s counseling or an individual therapy. Some men have a fear from sexual underachieving, but if you talk, you may resolve the issue with a simple premature ejaculation treatment, if that’s the case. Just make sure to share everything, regardless of the topic. That kind of open communication is very healthy and will strengthen your relationship.

Don’t forget to be generous

Being generous means that you are willing to give yourself to other, but on the other hand, it also means that you are able to receive what’s given to you. Always remember to show appreciation, especially when gifts and acknowledgment are hard for you to receive. Try to avoid keeping a score by any means necessary. What you give and what you receive shouldn’t be measured ever. Your relationship will flourish if there is plenty of giving and understanding. Being generous is a win-win situation since both of you will feel happier and closer to each other.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to keep up with the long-term relationship, and those above are just a few of them. Feel free to be creative and proactive in your relationship. Don’t just sit down and wait for something to happen. Invest yourself and your partner will respond to that, making the relationship more stable and fulfilling.

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Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

Welcoming Guests For a Weekend Sleepover: 8 Tips To Minimize Stress and Maximize the Joy

 

Welcoming friends or family into your home can be an amazing experience. There is something truly special in letting other people be a part of your most personal and private space, a real pleasure in sharing it with those who are dearest to you.

That being said, providing them with more than just the most basic of necessities can be stressful, especially if you don‘t plan it right.

In order to relieve you of at least some of the stress that is usually associated with preparing to welcome houseguests, I‘ve compiled a list of eight handy tips to consider and take care of before the doorbell rings and your guests step into the house.

Make sure that you have the essentials ready

There are some items that your guests will simply not be able to do without and it is extremely important to have those bases covered. You might want to write them down and check the items off the list one by one, so as to rest assured that nothing is forgotten during the hustle and bustle of preparation.

The necessary items include fresh bed sheets, curtains or window coverings of  some sort, towels, a functioning light, a wastebasket, an additional blanket in case the nights get chilly and a shelf or a drawer for your guests to store their belongings in. Providing them with a fan, a clock and some extra toiletries is also a good idea – for more in-depth info I‘d recommend this guide on TidbitsAndTwine.com

Clear the most important issues up in advance

Do your guests suffer from any allergies that you should be aware of? Are they on a specific diet? Do they have any other preferences or dislikes concerning food or their surroundings?

Being aware of any food they might be allergic to is the crucial part of a stress-free weekend.

Nothing can ruin a joyful stay like a trip to the emergency center because you didn‘t know some of your guests was allergic to, say, kiwi or peanuts and you mixed some into that gorgeous cake.  You can read a more detailed plan on welcoming guests with allergies on WomansWeekly.com here.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and take the time to ensure that their individual needs are attended to. If the houseguests have small children, you can try and track down some baby gear to borrow for the duration of their stay, as well as make sure that there is something in the fridge that the children can eat.

Get a quality air mattress

If you are not able to offer your houseguests the comfort of a guest room, or even if there is no futon or daybed available at your apartment, do not lose any sleep over it. A good air mattress can be just as comfortable, if not more so, as the aforementioned options.

However, before you invest in one, there are some key issues that you should consider. Choose a size which will comfortably fit within the free space that you have in your apartment, while also allowing your guests to have a good night‘s sleep. If you have elderly guests coming over, buy a high-rise air mattress – the low-rise variety will be difficult for them to get in and out of.

Pay attention to the weight capacity of your preferred air bed, especially if some of your guests are heavyset. Make sure that your mattress has a built-in pump or, even better, a secondary ‘never-flat‘ pump, which automatically inflates the mattress if it loses some of its pressure during the night.

The topic of choosing a good air mattress can easily be a topic on its own, but the full scope of it is beyond this article – my go-to resource about choosing a good air bed is TheSleepStudies.com.

Create a welcoming and homely environment from the very start

Remember that the first impression is always a lasting one. Even if the guests are arriving late, make sure to light some candles in their room, provide a cozy place for them to sit down and relax at after the journey, as well as some beverages and snacks to munch on.

Give your guests a brief house tour

If they are new to your home show the guests around your apartment once they arrive. Let them know where they can find extra blankets, toiletries, dishes and anything else that they might need. If there are any quirks that they should be aware of – such as a toilet that has to be flushed in a certain way, – point them out as well.

Respect their privacy and their sleeping schedule

This is particularly important if the guests are staying in your living room. Take extra care to provide them with as much private space as is possible under the circumstances. If they prefer heading to bed early, allow them to do that and retire to your bedroom in the evening, leaving them to rest undisturbed.

Let them help you out with some small tasks around the house

Helping you wash the dishes or set the table is a way for your guests to repay you for your hospitality. Do not preclude them from doing that if they offer their assistance. In fact, doing chores with them can be a great bonding experience.

Relax and let things go

Some additional chaos and clutter is unavoidable in a situation where there are more people inside your house than usual.

Do not let the stress overtake you. Just relax and enjoy the company of your guests – the mess is only temporary and you will miss your loved ones after they leave.

A good day for everyone

This is pretty much all you need to know in order to be an incredible host. Your guests are sure to feel happy and grateful as long as you put these tips to use – and they will return the favour once the tables are turned and it is you who is stepping over their threshold!

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3 Ways To Handle Divorce In The Right Way

3 Ways To Handle Divorce In The Right Way

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No one ever expects a divorce to happen, but the reality of life is that they often do occur. They can be very hard or easy affairs depending upon your situation but they are often difficult so don’t have your hopes up for an easy ride with it. People usually get on the bad side of divorce, and whilst there isn’t a good one, there are some things you can do to make it as painless as possible.

Give Yourself Time To Decompress

This is a very important part of a divorce, and so too it is for any other big, arguably traumatic event. Decompression is the time it takes for you to fully realize everything that is going on, to explore your feelings and know where you stand with everyone who is involved, as well as yourself. It’s very important that you allow yourself time to do this because it lets you get out, and then figure out, all of the negative emotions that will be hiding away. If it’s a particularly troubled divorce then you may find yourself wanting a divorce therapist that can you can visit and talk to in order to make you feel okay again.

Make Sure You’re Legally Covered

If you have anything that is in both you and your partner’s names you need to be legally covered. When a divorce occurs, the right for who get’s what is the game that is played, so you need to have a good legal plan for when the court cases come around. This can be for children if you have them and for all of the items that belong to you both, which makes getting a divorce quite a difficult process. You could get items or child custody wrongly taken off you, so to avoid this you have to be legally covered.

Ensure Everyone Knows What Is Going On

It can be easy to shut yourself away and not tell anyone you know about what is going on, but the truth is that a problem shared is a problem halved so it’s good to tell people what is going on. Not only will it make it easier for you, people need to know what is going on in your life in order to keep up with you and help you if needs be. Any children you have will need to know too as it will affect them the most. Be realistic with them but also not harsh as to not upset them too much. You cannot avoid your kids being upset when this happens, but if they are well informed and looked after properly then the blow dealt will be much less painful.

It is advisable that you do all of these things if you are going through a divorce. They are difficult times and are never, ever easy so expect the worse with them and you’ll be surprised when it doesn’t come to it! Deciding whether or not you need a divorce can be a difficult thing as it’s a very intricate and intimate situation, so read this if you think you’re coming to a crossroads within your relationship.

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How to Prepare for Retirement

By Blogger Jenny H.

How to Prepare for Retirement

For many, a simple retirement is the ultimate goal: a white picket fence, children and grandchildren who visit occasionally, a garden that you can take pride in. But it always seems so far away. When it starts to creep closer, certain fears can start to take hold, and we forget to see it for the enjoyable experience it is. However, if we start to prepare for it mentally and financially, retirement can be the ultimate reward for years of hard work and perseverance.

Financial implications

Although we would all like to think of ourselves as being happy and healthy well into our golden years, this may sadly not always be the case. Levels of care will vary from person to person, so it is important you know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and what exactly it is you need help with.

Although the idea of having constant room for family is wonderful, a large home can become difficult to manage in later years and could limit some autonomy. It is important to consider buying a smaller home that you can more easily manage in order to keep the independence that is important to so many.

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Whether you need to remortgage a current property or create a new one, your age will be a factor for some companies. It would be wise to receive professional help from advisors to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for you.

 

Mentally preparing

Pottering around in the garden can be wonderful, though you are somewhat limited by the weather. While this is ideal as a summer activity, what you will do to pass the time during other seasons should be taken into consideration. For some, hobbies become their “new job”. This could be something as simple as collecting pennies, or as complex as buying old, decrepit cars, fixing them up, and selling them on. Whatever you choose to focus on, it is important that you find it enjoyable and that there is no pressure.

Enjoy yourself

The most important thing to remember is that you have worked hard for retirement and it is there for you to enjoy, so always make the most of it.

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Coping Mechanisms: What To Do When The Future’s Not Looking So Bright

Coping Mechanisms: What To Do When The Future’s Not Looking So Bright

We all have days or weeks when it feels like life has been sent to try us. Often, the relationships we have with others can be a source of great happiness and joy, but they can also cause stress and heartbreak. If you’re trying to cope because the future of your relationship isn’t looking so bright, here are some tips to help you get by.

Think carefully

When it comes to making decisions about the future of your relationship, it pays to think carefully. Don’t rush yourself into going one way or another, and give yourself time to consider all the options. If you make decisions without really giving the consequences or the implications deep thought, you may have regrets later on.

Take some time out

Sometimes, taking time and having space can make all the difference. If you live with somebody, you spend all your time together, and things haven’t been great of late, it can be easy to get bogged down. You can forget why you fell in love with that person in the first place and lose sight of what has kept you together over the months or years. Take some time to yourself. Find out if you miss that person or if actually, you feel a sense of relief being alone.

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Get some advice

If you are thinking about breaking up and you live together, or you’re married, it’s important to understand the practicalities of what’s involved. You don’t need to rush into anything, but it’s a good idea to have a look at pages like http://divorceattorneystulsa.net/ and have a chat with a legal adviser to get an idea of what you can expect in the coming months. It can help you to process the steps you need to take, and you’ll have a soundboard if you have questions or concerns you want to raise.

Talk it out

It’s so common for couples to have difficulties in their relationship because of a breakdown in communication. The truth is that you never really know what somebody else is thinking before you talk to them. Don’t write something off that you may want to save without having an open, honest chat first. Get everything off your chest, and encourage your partner to do the same. If you find it hard to talk, you may benefit from seeing a relationship counselor or a therapist. These tips may also come in handy if you struggle to open up and be frank about how you feel https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/stronger-the-broken-places/201409/12-steps-getting-someone-open. Once you’ve identified issues, it may be possible to work on them and move forward if this is what you both want to do.

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Sometimes, even the best-laid plans come unstuck. You may have thought that you’d be with your partner forever, but this may not be the most likely outcome. If the future isn’t looking quite as bright as it once did, it can be difficult to cope and process what’s actually going on. Hopefully, this guide will make you feel stronger and more positive and help you to make the right decisions.

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2 Great Ways To Restore Communication In A Marriage

2 Great Ways To Restore Communication In A Marriage

One of the biggest causes of separation in today’s world is a total lack of communication. We are all so busy working, raising families and being absorbed in smart phones that we forget to communicate how we feel in the old-fashioned way: talking. When a marriage begins to disintegrate, it can go from feeling bad to feeling worse very quickly, and the main cause for this is the fact that people don’t communicate how they are feeling to each other.

Marriages break down for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s due to something as simple as boredom and sometimes it’s due to outside factors beyond your control. The thing is, not everyone wants to turn to divorce and it’s often the last resort. If you have children, it may be tempting to hang onto a miserable situation for the sake of the image of a family unit, but that’s not healthy. It’s vital that you and your spouse do what you can to be happy and if that eventually means in being happier apart, then it’s better for everyone all round. Choosing to go down the route of divorce can feel very final, but there are things that you can do before calling Arnold, Wadsworth & Coggins to file papers. Your marriage meant something to you both once, and you owe it to yourselves to try and untangle the web of sadness that has been created before you call the curtain. So, how can you restore your communication before it’s too late?

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Counselling. When you are in a situation where you are fighting with the person you love, it can become frustrating. Neither of you want to back down and admit defeat, and so nothing is ever resolved, which breeds a lot of resentment. Making a mutual decision to seek professional help to try and piece things together in a neutral place can help. No one likes to see the other person’s point of view when they are certain they are right, but you have to make the effort to open your mind so that you can try and reach a level of understanding that makes sense for you.

Reconnect. Do you remember the early days of your relationship, where you would meet for a simple coffee or dinner and discuss anything and everything in the world? Getting back to basics and reconnecting can help when the communication has been frayed for so long. Make a vow that you don’t argue during these days. Discuss the things you like and your current jobs. Even if you have been together for years, you can still be surprised by the day to day things you can learn about each other, especially when you’ve lost the communication between you.

The final step is true acceptance. If you have both given the marriage significant effort on both sides, have tried to bring things back to basics and haven’t managed to come back together, then divorce is the last resort. It makes sense to try as hard as you can to bring the marriage to its previous best, but sometimes if that cannot happen then separating for good is the best thing all round.

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Handle Family Law Issues With Grace: How You Can Do It

Handle Family Law Issues With Grace: How You Can Do It

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Let’s be honest here, I don’t think anyone intends to enter a marriage for it to break down. Not to mention having a family and dragging children into a volatile situation. But sometimes, these things happen, and it can often hit the whole family hard. Of course, there could be many underlying reasons why a marriage is breaking down. Infidelity, emotional breakdown, or just deciding that you are no longer the perfect fit for one another. In some cases, parents are better separated for their children, than they are together. But, it can be hard to go through a breakup or a divorce gracefully. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can.

Get the right lawyers that understand your case and your expectations

Sometimes the first step to discuss any family law issues with grace and to remain civil with other parties involved is to hire a lawyer who understands your needs. This is when it may be worth speaking to law firms that work within family law regularly like Hurst, Robin & Kay, LLC. These people are experts in dealing with delicate situations and emotions. They can help you handle the process and work out the next steps. It’s important that you speak to someone who you feel understands where you are coming from.

Make sure you think before you speak or react

When it comes to families, it can be hard to not overreact at times or say the things you are thinking. But in these circumstances often what you want to say might not necessarily be the right thing to express at that moment in time. Try and make sure you think before you speak or react.

Keep your emotions in check

Emotions can run high at times, so you need to ensure that you keep calm in situations, especially when you are discussing things like custody arrangements and divorce proceedings. Discussions can get heated at times, especially talking about money or assets.

Try and walk in the other person’s shoes when making decisions

It may be hard to consider the other party’s feelings throughout all of this, especially if you are hurting yourself. But often taking a moment to reflect on how they feel or where they may be coming from with certain comments or actions, could help you to see more clearly.

Empathise with the situation

Showing empathy throughout all of this makes you appear to be the bigger person throughout all of it. It can be a great way to show other parties involved that you are listening and taking into account the situation in its entirety.

Keep calm and have patience

Finally, having patience and keeping calm are two of the ways you can overcome the difficult process you are about to embark on. It won’t be fixed over night, and sometimes these situations can be dragged on for months. But keeping calm and having the patience to get through it will keep you on the right track.

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Are You At A Crossroads In Your Relationship? How To Choose The Right Path

Are You At A Crossroads In Your Relationship? How To Choose The Right Path

There comes a time in life when many of us find ourselves at a crossroads. Perhaps you’re thinking about changing your job, or you wonder if your partner is really the one. If you’ve been having troubles in your relationship, you’re considering a change of direction, and you’re not sure which path to take, hopefully, this guide will come in handy.

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Identifying issues

If you feel like you need to make a decision between staying and leaving, try and pin down the reasons why you’re doubting the future of your relationship. What has caused you to ask questions? Do you see other couples and secretly wish you had what they have or have you come to the realization that your relationship isn’t making you as happy as it used to? Do you want more from life or are you worried that your partner is cheating on you or hiding something from you? Once you know why you have doubts and unanswered questions, you can start finding solutions. Maybe you need to have a discussion, or perhaps you’d feel more comfortable using services like https://www.investigators.net.au/private-investigation-services/surveillance/ to get an answer. Whatever is making you feel uneasy, make sure you think carefully before making a decision. If you do suspect a partner of being unfaithful or you have concerns about how they spend their time or money, get the facts first. It can sometimes be easy to misread the signs or put two and two together and get five.

Talking

If you’re having difficulties in your relationship, don’t bury your head and hope they go away. Tackle issues front-on, and be honest with each other. Sit down and talk about the situation and share what’s going on in your head. There can be barriers when it comes to communication, and you shouldn’t assume that your partner has the ability to read your mind. Something that is getting you down and occupying all your thoughts could be remedied by one simple conversation. If you find it hard to open up, it may be worth considering booking some sessions with a therapist or a relationship counselor. If you struggle with conversation, you may also find this article useful https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201406/5-tips-tough-conversations-your-partner.

Putting yourself first

Often, we make decisions based on what would benefit other people, but ultimately, when it comes down it, you have to put yourself first in certain situations. There’s no point in dragging something out that isn’t making you happy because you don’t want to upset your partner. It’s very distressing to feel like you’re hurting somebody who means so much to you, but making that call may be the best option for both of you.

Do you feel like the future of your relationship is uncertain? If you’re at a crossroads, it’s important that you make the right decision and you take the right path for you. Consider why you have doubts and try and find solutions to problems. Talk to each other, be open, and make the call based on what will benefit you most.

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Elderly Care: How To Do Right By Your Family Member

Elderly Care: How To Do Right By Your Family Member

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Elderly care is definitely a bit of a sensitive topic among some people. It’s hard to think about the options you have when it comes to a family member that struggles. You want to make sure that they are taken care of and in good hands, but you don’t always know what it going to be the best solution to make that happen. So, what you need to do is talk to your parent or family member and try to understand what it is that they’re struggling with. You can then consider the options that may work best for them, their needs and their current situation. Below are a couple of things that you may find will work for your family.

Provide Them With Care

Your first option is to look into the kinds of care options that your elderly family member can have at home. If they are finding it harder to cook all of their own meals, clean, or even bathe and you’re not able to be there for them every day, you may find that a companion care option is exactly what they need. Having a professional to care for them and take care of their needs could be all they need to feel more comfortable at home.

Take Them Out

Sometimes, it’s not that your family member is struggling to take care of themselves, but that they’re struggling with something like loneliness. When that’s the case, you may want to think about trying to take them out a little bit more. You may find that taking them to lunch or to visit some of their favorite places, or even on vacation with you when you go is all it needs to perk up an elderly parent.

Ease The Pressure

Or, you may find that the problem is that they’re under too much pressure to get things done. If you have a very independent elderly family member, they may have a lot of pride in looking after themselves and find it hard to admit that they need help. But, you’re going to need to recognize this and do what you can to ease the pressure. Be sure to take them extra meals round when you think it might save them from cooking, walk their dog, and even buy their groceries for them now and again to save them the trip.

Find A Retirement Community

If you get to the point where you feel like your elderly parent is struggling in their own home, you may want to talk to them about retirement community options. Now, this may not be something they are okay with at first. But if the get extra help and are surrounded by others, it could be all they need to feel a lot better about their situation.

Ask Them To Move In

And finally, you may also have the option to ask them to move in with you. This isn’t always something that is feasible for everyone, but if you have space in your home and you wan to be able to care for your elderly family member, then it could be the perfect solution for both them and for your whole family.

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How to Choose the Right Counseling for Your Relationship

How to Choose the Right Counseling for Your Relationship

Everyone goes through a tough time in their relationship. It’s almost inevitable that you and your partner will at some point argue over something. Whether it’s a trivial matter, a complete misunderstanding or a serious problem, we all have ups and downs in our love life. But, as the saying goes, whatever doesn’t break your relationship should make you stronger.

One of the most common ways to mend a relationship is to hire a counselor for help. If you’re suffering from major issues in your relationship then you’ll want to try your best to get professional help, but it can be daunting trying to pick the right person to trust with your problems. It goes without saying that counseling sometimes doesn’t work, and things such as success rates could potentially put you off ever speaking to someone.

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The reality of counseling

First, we need to go through some basics. Counseling doesn’t guarantee that you and your partner will get back to together. In fact, most couples leave it far too late and, as a result, they don’t get the desired results. Some couples wait until their relationship is almost over until they decide to visit a counselor, and this is a terrible idea. Professionals can identify problem areas with your relationship, not just fix current issues, so if you’re currently in a fine relationship but want to safeguard your future, then consider speaking to a counselor regardless. In addition, counseling sometimes results in ugly conclusions such as divorce. While unpleasant, you shouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of your counselor telling you that divorce is the best option.

Faith-based counseling

People often forget that our decisions can be heavily influenced by our faith. This is why services like Christian counseling exist for those of us who follow certain religions. It’s important to understand that you need to think about someone’s faith before you decide to call in a counselor because the decisions and conclusions you reach will be different. Depending on your teachings, the ideals you follow and so on, it’s possible to solve an issue in different ways that won’t lead you to betray your beliefs. Picking the right counselor that understands your beliefs is the key to having successful therapy sessions.

The reputation of your counselor

You need to pick a counselor that has a good reputation. There are many counselors out there that will refuse to listen to you, opt to pick a treatment or conclusion that doesn’t fit your overall goals, and could even damage your relationship. As a therapist, their position is incredibly important in the role of improving your marriage, which is why you need someone who is trustworthy and has a long list of clients that can vouch for their services. If you’re unable to find recommendations locally, then look online and read reviews on nearby counselors to size up the services available in your area. Take your time on this step, because the difference between a good and a lazy counselor could ultimately make or break your relationship.

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