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Rediscovering The Spark In Your Relationship In Spite Of Covid-19

Rediscovering The Spark In Your Relationship In Spite Of Covid-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives in a big way. This is particularly noticeable for couples, and reduced levels of romance are a very common issue. Unfortunately, ignoring the problem won’t suddenly make it disappear. You need to tackle the issue head-on by putting the spark and excitement back into the relationship.

There’s no escaping the fact that the continued limitations caused by the pandemic will pose obstacles. Nonetheless, the following steps will give you the best shot at getting love back on track.

Make Time For Home Dates

If you’re both working from home, your schedules are probably up in the air. This can lead to a situation where you are cohabiting, but not coliving. It will take a conscious effort to rectify this issue. Try to find time where you can sit down for a home date night. Whether it’s watching a film, eating a romantic meal, or doing something creative together doesn’t matter. The time spent together can bring romance back into your lives while also making the home surroundings more enjoyable. This is the perfect starting point.

Get A Break From The Norm

The chances of jetting off for a vacation are a lot less likely than usual. And, quite frankly, you could probably use the break more than ever. Simply giving yourself a chance to forget about the stresses of daily life and concentrate on each other will work wonders. Even if it’s just a day trip or weekend away to the next town. Hire a luxury vehicle from experts at Burswood Car Rentals and take a road trip. A little spontaneity goes a long way, even if your options for attractions are limited. In many ways, making your own entertainment may be even better.

Turn Off Social Media

Social media can undoubtedly play a positive role in our lives. Right now, though, life is hard. So, seeing influencers post their seemingly perfect lives can create an inferiority complex. In turn, it can make you question whether your relationship is enough. In truth, it probably is but has become a victim of the warped view you’ve gained. Taking a social media detox will give you time to focus on each other. You can still stay in contact with loved ones via other tech means, like video chat. Your mindsets will undergo a significant transformation.

Enjoy Hobbies Together

Getting to know your lover is very exciting at the start of a relationship. Sadly, there is a very strong chance that you’ve stopped sharing those moments together. Take it in turns to introduce each other to your passions. Whether it’s listening to a band, enjoying a certain type of art, cooking, or playing Fortnite doesn’t matter. The love of those activities is still a very attractive feature, and partners can learn to love the activities too. When you find a good balance between his and her pastimes, love and laughs will be restored.

Seek Expert Help

There is nothing wrong with accepting that your relationship needs help at any time. However, these unprecedented times mean that there is even less shame or guilt involved. While most people naturally jump straight to the idea of therapy, it’s not the only option. Speaking to couples that have experienced the same difficulties, such as being unable to get away from each other, can feel comforting. The fact you want to fight for your love shows that there is still something there. Do not forget it.

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Hair Loss: 4 Ways You Can Support Your Man

Hair Loss: 4 Ways You Can Support Your Man

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Most guys don’t know this, but hair loss can start as early as the late teens in men. As his partner, it’s your job to help your guy through this difficult transition, especially if he’s taking it poorly. Plus, you want him to look his best, in the same way, that your beau does for you. 

Of course, it’s often easy to do more harm than good when you’re trying to lend a hand. This is particularly true if he’s touchy about the subject. So, what can you do to show your support? Here are four options for women.

Show Him He’s Not Alone

Although the research is out there, it’s tempting for people to deal with their issues the old-fashioned way – ignoring it! Men aren’t the best at dealing with emotions, so there’s a chance your guy is doing this to try and cope. Therefore, proving that he isn’t the only person going through the process is a step in the right direction as it removes the stigma and embarrassment. You can tell him that 66% of men are affected by hair loss by the time they reach 35, according to Healthline. That way, he shouldn’t feel as isolated.

Help Him Protect What He’s Got

The best form of defense is to protect what hair he has left since it won’t grow back without some form of invasive surgery. With that in mind, you can buy hair loss-related presents to encourage him to take better care of his follicles. My Hair has a kit that is very popular because it’s designed to target the main problems, such as dandruff and protein deficiency. Alternatively, Alpecin is a German-engineered shampoo that helps the scalp absorb caffeine and boost hair follicles.

Focus On Stress

When something plays on a person’s mind, the negative emotions won’t go away until the stress dissipates. Hair loss in men can lead to high levels of cortisol, which then encourages poor mental health. Thankfully, loved ones have the power to reduce tension by taking their minds off their issues. Doing activities he enjoys, such as walking, could be the answer as you can pick a secluded spot where he doesn’t have to worry about his appearance and forget about life for a bit.

Let Him Know You Love Him

Showing how much you care can be the difference between men coming to terms with their hairline and pushing the feelings even deeper down. It’s not only about love, either, but attraction. Losing hair makes guys feel as if they aren’t as good-looking or desirable, which leads to inadequacy and low self-esteem. So, as well as showing him that you care, you should talk about the attractive personality traits that you’ll love, regardless of how he looks. Outlining them should help your man to see there’s more to life than looks.

The key is not to push him. You should support him however you can, but he needs to take the lead and open up about his thoughts and feelings.

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How To Get Your Guy To Always Look His Best

How To Get Your Guy To Always Look His Best

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Picture the scene: It’s date night, and you have spent the day getting yourself ready for the special evening ahead with your guy. You have taken a shower, organized your evening wear, and carefully applied your beauty products. You’re good to go. 

Your partner on the other hand…

If he isn’t looking his best, perhaps because he hasn’t made the effort, you’re going to be pretty upset! This might even taint your date night, as you might be a little angry and embarrassed if he hasn’t bothered to care about his appearance. 

So, how can you make sure he always looks his best in the future?

#1: Buy nice clothes for him

Some guys prefer to do their own clothes shopping, but there are also those who are content to wear whatever they have owned for the last ‘x’ number of years. If it’s a case of the latter with your guy, it might be that you should gift him nice clothes occasionally, perhaps on his birthday, at Christmas, or on any random occasion. You do need to be careful. of course. You will need to know his size, and you will need to know what he is likely to wear, as you might make matters worse if you buy something ill-fitting and against his taste. But if you do your homework first, you should be able to buy him something that looks good, and as it’s a gift, he might be more likely to wear it. 

#2: Add items to your supermarket basket

When you’re out shopping, look for the best deodorants for your guy if you know he doesn’t have any. And look for the right shampoos for your guy too, and even the best oil-based pomade if you know he would benefit. When he has the right products at home, he will be more likely to use them, even if you do need to point him in the right direction occasionally. So, consider what he is short of and unlikely to buy himself, and add them to your supermarket basket. 

#3: Compliment him when he does make the effort

We all like to be complimented, so when he does do something to make the effort with his appearance, let him know how good he looks. This form of encouragement might make him make more of an effort again in the future, not only because he knows he looks good, but because he knows it makes you happy too.

#4: Gently educate him

Some guys want to look good but they don’t know how to do it. They might be clueless when it comes to choosing their own wardrobe, and they might not know the first thing about hair or skincare. So, direct him to fashion sites where he will pick up a few top tips, and bookmark any articles you find, such as our post on men’s skincare. Maybe look for a few YouTube tutorials too, but in all that you do, don’t force these things on him. Simply encourage him to take a look in his own time, without making a big deal about it. This way, he won’t feel as if you are nagging him in any way.

With these tips, your guy should (hopefully) look his best the next time you’re out together! Leave a comment below if you have any other advice for our readers.

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Can Your Marriage Recover From An Affair?

Can Your Marriage Recover From An Affair?

Marriage is hard, plain and simple. Even couples who are very much in love struggle to grapple with the longevity of their relationship, even when on the outside they appear incandescently happy all the time. Unhappiness comes and goes in marriages, even happy ones – the key is how we deal with these waves of discontent. In some marriage or long term partnerships, people deal with their unhappiness by having affairs. No matter what the issue, we can all agree that cheating is a big mistake. Yet according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 15% of women and 25% of men in marriages have had affairs. So what’s the solution? Can a marriage recover from an affair, or is it game over?

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Taking On The Problems

The answer to this lies purely in the couple’s ability to tackle their issues head-on. When infidelity occurs, on either side or even sometimes on both sides, the heartbreak can feel too raw and too much of a betrayal to continue with the relationship. Hence, couples split up over affairs. However, there is a chance that as a couple, you can emerge from this painful point in your marriage as stronger and more unified than ever. The way you must do this is by tackling your problems head-on. If you decide to stay in the marriage and work on things, there is a danger of letting yourselves slip back into old patterns – the patterns which created the environment in which the affair happened. Changing the fabric of your relationship is the only solution. 

Laying It All Out On The Table

When a major breach of trust has occurred, nothing is off the table. It’s time to get all your feelings out in the open. Only after the truth is out can you begin to heal as a couple. This can be a very vulnerable process which hurts a lot. Here are a few ways to deal with this healthily. 

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  1. Couple therapy. It is highly advisable that you see a couples therapist when trying to heal from an affair. This is because therapists are skilled mediators; they can help you to communicate with each other in a structured space. This means that all the emotions that will pour out can be taken in properly, and used to fortify your relationship, rather than further break it down. Affair recovery for couples is a long, hard road, but with a mediator, things are easier. 
  2. Spending time alone. Even if you decide to stay together, it is helpful for your personal recuperation to spend more time apart than usual. This helps you clear your head and understand what it is you truly feel, and what you want. 
  3. Writing things down. If you are struggling to articulate what you feel, write a letter to your spouse. Let all your feelings pour onto the page; this is very cathartic and can help you express your true feelings. 

In conclusion: marriages can recover from affairs with careful guidance and commitment to changing how your relationship operates. There is still hope!

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Who Is Impacted By Your Divorce?

Who Is Impacted By Your Divorce?

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Divorce is becoming increasingly common in modern society. No matter how you feel about this sort of process, it’s likely that this trend will continue into the future. Going through a divorce is often looked at an experience shared by two people, though it will usually impact far more people than just you and your ex-partner. It’s always worth thinking about the way this decision could affect those you care about, ensuring that you have the opportunity to minimize the problems this could cause.

Your Kids

Parents with children always have to think about how a divorce could impact their little ones. Kids won’t want you to go through this, and it will be very difficult to explain why it’s happening. It’s worth being honest with them as much as you can, without saying anything negative about their other parent. The effects of divorce on children can be quite severe, lasting long into their future. Working hard to have a civil and argument-free divorce is the best approach to take when you have children in the middle of this.

Your Family

Parents, siblings, and other close family members will also be impacted by the divorce you go through. It’s common for people to build good relationships with their in-laws, despite the impressive that television gives. This can make it a little awkward for people to talk about the divorce, while also creating potential tension in the future if family members want to maintain their friendship with your ex. This doesn’t have to be horrible if you are open to being friends with your old partner.

Your Friends

Couples always end up sharing friends, and this is a nice process that builds lasting circles. When you decide to go through a divorce, though, it can make it difficult for those who see themselves as good friends to both you and your partner. You should avoid saying negative things about your partner around people like this as much as you can, while also working to avoid awkwardness if you ever find yourself invited to the same events.

You

While it may seem obvious, many people fail to think about themselves properly when they decide to go through a divorce. You have to make sure that you’re ready to go out into the world on your own again, planning for the new life you will be leading. There will be challenges to face, but you can usually make the process much easier for yourself and your ex-partner by working to have a smooth divorce. 

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of minimize the impact your divorce has on the people around you. A lot of people struggle with this sort of process, finding it hard to know what action to take at each stage. Of course, though, you know the people you care about, and this should be a great tool when you’re trying to avoid hurting them.

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What To Do If You Suspect You’re Being Cheated On

What To Do If You Suspect You’re Being Cheated On

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Nobody wants to be in a position where you think you’re being cheated on. It’s horrible because you feel like you’re paranoid, but all of the signs are there. Your partner spends hours away from you with no contact whatsoever – not even a message. They seem very panicked and twitchy when you walk by them, and they’re on their phone. No doubt you’ve seen many quick closes of WhatsApp or Snapchat when you’re around them!

None of the signs are good, so what do you do when you suspect you’re being cheated on? Realistically, there are only a handful of things you can do:

Ask your friends for advice

Speak to your friends and ask them if they think you’re being crazy or not. They may see all of your evidence and suggest that you have a genuine thing to worry about. As a result, they might help you uncover the truth behind all of the lies. Perhaps they will try to follow your partner when they go out, seeing where they go. Or, they could talk directly to your partner to see how they feel about your relationship. This works best when you have mutual friends that both of you talk to a lot. At the very least, your friends can provide support if you need it. 

Consider taking more drastic measures

The problem with this situation is that you may have to take some slightly unethical measures. Well, they’re only unethical if your suspicions are incorrect. You could hire a private investigator or a Snapchat hacker to get to the bottom of things and look in on what your partner is doing. This will help you see things that you’d otherwise be unable to see. If anything, ideas like this will guarantee that you find the truth. It’s a terrible situation because if everything checks out and they weren’t cheating, you feel awful. Do you have to tell your partner what you’ve done? You could argue that their dodgy behaviour warranted this, but it’s a tough debate to have with yourself. Regardless, you should only jump to this step if you are very confident that something is going on, and you need proof before making a confrontation. 

Speak to your partner

Ultimately, this is the best thing you can do. Okay, it’s not the best, but it’s a step you can’t avoid. You must confront your partner with your suspicions and lay all of the evidence before them. This way, you can show them why you’ve been suspicious. Even if you’re wrong, the evidence you present should be enough to make them understand why you thought this way. As such, they can’t be annoyed at you if they haven’t done anything wrong. Sadly, in situations like this, your intuition is normally correct, and they have been unfaithful. 
Like I said, this is a part of a relationship nobody wants to go through. Cheating is wrong on so many levels, and there are various reasons people do it. Don’t jump to conclusions; spend time monitoring your partner’s behaviour and collecting evidence before you confront them. Then, it’s up to you to decide what happens next.

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3 Simple Ways To Boost Your Sex Life

3 Simple Ways To Boost Your Sex Life

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Do you feel like your sex life is a bit meh? You could be in a long-term relationship, and things aren’t what they used to be in the bedroom. The spark hasn’t just gone out; it’s completely non-existent. It’s not that you aren’t sexually attracted to one another, it’s just that something feels like it’s missing. You need to spice up your sex life and rejuvenate your relationship. By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll be all over each other once more!

Get confident being naked

It’s true for many people that your confidence evaporates as you get a bit older. You used to feel great naked, but now everything has dropped an inch or two, and you’ve put on a bit of weight. So, it’s time to get back your mojo and feel good naked. 

The easy way to do this is to identify your main issues. Do you feel self-conscious because your boobs are sagging? If so, you could always consider plastic surgery to make them perkier. There are many plastic surgery pros and cons, but the main advantage is that it massively boosts your confidence and mental wellbeing. If some added weight is your problem, think about following an exercise plan and getting fit. Deal with your issues, and you will feel way more confident with nothing on. This translates to a much more lively sex life!

Introduce some new ideas

If things feel stale, then mix them up a bit. Try new things and implement new ideas in the bedroom. You can get as crazy as you like, just be sure that both of you are comfortable. It adds some spice to proceedings as you’re not used to these new things. It brings back some of the excitement you used to feel!

You don’t have to go too crazy with your ideas; even some relatively mild introductions will do the trick. For example, maybe move things out of the bedroom and into the living room or kitchen. A change of scenery can really get the fires burning!

Try some role-play

You could include this in the previous point, but I think it deserves some solo attention. Role-playing is an excellent way of spicing up your sex life. Part of the reason that things have become so dull is that you’re too used to one another. There are no surprises anymore – things are always the same. 

With role-playing, you can pretend to be different people. Make up your own stories and turn it into a proper game. It can be really funny and help you feel detached from your own personas. This makes things a bit more thrilling and adds a touch of spice to the bedroom. 

To be honest, all of these ideas can apply to anybody in any stage of their relationships. Even if you’re single, and your sex life is a bit dull, try implementing these ideas. Relationships don’t depend on sex, but it is a big part of what makes your relationship unique. Otherwise, you’re just two close friends that spend a lot of time together.

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Ideas For Socially Distance Dating

Ideas For Socially Distance Dating

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For those single people looking for love, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for the usual dating dynamic. 

Even for a generation used to finding dates through apps and online dating platforms, the ability to then take the next step, and get to know our potential partners has been taken away. It can make those first few dates potentially very awkward. The usual way of building and showing connection and attraction are no longer possible. There are still many options for meeting people online including video dating, dating lines for lesbian and gay community and a range of free dating sites aimed at those who are single during these strange times. 

For some people, social distancing can actually benefit them on those first few dates. If you’re a particularly shy person, or are worried about any expectations of physical intimacy during a date, then having to remain socially distant can relieve the weight of expectation, allowing you to be yourself and connect on a social and intellectual level. 

Over the first stages of courtship have been taking place over video chat or virtual dates but when it’s time to finally meet, how can you plan your date while still respecting social distancing rules?

It’s time to get creative in planning your dates. 

Try a sport

If you and your date are the sporty type, then there are a few creative options for an ‘active’ date. Tennis, ping pong, outdoor bowling or badminton are all great options and can all be played outdoors. Not only will you be able to observe social distancing and see how competitive your date is. 

City Walking Tour

If you both live in or near a big city, then a walking tour can be an ideal way to get to know each other while discovering more about the place that you live. You’d be amazed how much you’ve never noticed before and the tour element will mean that you always have something to talk about. 

City centres are much less busy at the moment so keeping your distance is much easier. 

While walking is a great idea for a date, keep to busier or populated areas for safety reasons when meeting someone new. 

A Picnic

Food and dates have always gone together perfectly. A romantic outdoor picnic in a park can give you that same emotional connection while still maintaining a safe distance. It will give you a chance to show off any culinary skills. 

Who knows how long the dating landscape is likely to be affected by COVID-19 legislation. Many people experienced loneliness and disconnection throughout lockdown, so maintaining social connections is a great way to combat those effects. 

Always follow your state and national guidelines for the latest health advice on COVID-19 and ensure that you’re following those guidelines. 

If your date turns into something more, then you’ll always have an interesting story to tell about how you fell in love. 

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Symbolization Of Wedding And Engagement Rings

Symbolization Of Wedding And Engagement Rings

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No one can deny that marriage is one of the most beautiful things in the entire world. After all, the union of two people who are dedicating their entire lives to one and other is something that should be forever cherished. Because of this, the importance of engagement rings and wedding rings should never be overlooked or disregarded. After all, these two precious pieces of jewelry are a direct symbolization of the love shared between the two people and their promises to one and other. Read on to discover everything you need to know about them.

An engagement ring marks the initial proposal from the man to the woman and is the first declaration of the love shared. On the other hand, the wedding ring solidifies the union between the two people and eternalizes the love shared. This symbolization is something that has been constant for many years now. Wedding rings have signified love since ancient times. 

The true symbolization lies within the design of the ring. There are certain qualities of engagement and wedding bands that lend them perfectly to the beauty of love. For instance, the unbroken circle of a ring – this showcases how the couple has declared their undying love for one and other. The relationship and the bond is one that is to last for an eternity. Furthermore, the roundness is symbolic of how the two people come together to make one and other complete. There is a feeling of wholeness. 

Of course, you can choose to further enhance the meaning associated with the engagement ring and wedding band you purchase. After all, with the boom in popularity of custom made rings, you can choose to have your very own symbols incorporated into the ring. There are lots of great custom jewelers today, and you can read more about one here: yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/. It could be something as simple as a heart-shaped diamond for your engagement ring. Or you could have the date you first met engraved on your wedding ring. Alternatively, you could opt for something that is completely unique to you and your partner’s relationship. 

When buying both rings it is important that you consider them as one piece, rather than a separate engagement ring and a separate wedding band. After all, they are going to be worn together and therefore they will effectively become one symbol and one piece of jewelry. Therefore, when purchasing your wedding ring you need to ensure that it looks great against your engagement band. Most people tend to opt for a simplistic wedding ring and a more elaborate engagement band for this reason. 

Nevertheless, there is no denying that the combination of both kinds of rings can prove to be a bit tricky to the untrained eye. This is why it is important to make sure that you choose a jeweler with care. You need someone with a lot of experience who is going to be able to create the perfect rings for you.

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Relationship on the Rocks: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Relationship on the Rocks: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

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Love is wonderful, but it’s not always easy. Relationships can be hard work, if you’re struggling with yours, here are three questions to ask yourself before throwing in the towel.

Has the argument/ issue only just cropped up?

If the problem in the relationship is new, then instead of throwing in the towel and running for the hills- give yourself some time. Think about things from your partners perspective, have some space if you need it and then come together and talk. Even if it feels serious at the time, it could well be something that you’re able to resolve together. The only exceptions here are infidelity and abuse, if the issue involves either of these then you’re best bet is almost always to leave. But many other problems can be worked out, and you can go on to be happy together again. If the argument is ongoing, and seems to be one of the main topics you bicker and row about then this can be a sign that you’re unable to get past it and might be a cue to speak to divorce lawyers. Ongoing arguments about the same things over and over is the signal of an unhealthy relationship as it shows you’re not able to resolve your problems, meaning they’ll keep on coming back around. 

Do you need to work on yourself?

In relationships, it’s easy to blame the other person when things start going wrong or arguments occur. But take a step back and think objectively. Are there things you’re doing which make the situation worse? Maybe you’re controlling and jealous without even realising, and your partners outbursts are actually due to frustration and retaliation. Many of us paint ourselves as the victim in relationships and certain situations when it’s not always the case. Be mature enough to own up to your behaviour and figure out what you could be doing wrong. In many cases, issues in relationships are a result of both of your actions and not just one. It’s not to say you should blame yourself or make excuses for your partner’s bad behaviour- but do acknowledge if you have a part to play. Once you’re aware of this you’re able to take steps to stop and perhaps have a much happier relationship.

Have you considered therapy?

Relationships can get really messy, when you love your partner and a lot has gone on in the past and your feelings are all over the place it can be hard to communicate effectively. For this reason it’s well worth visiting a relationship therapist before you decide to call it quits. Sometimes, just being able to communicate your message in an environment where your partner has to listen to you, and vice versa is all you need. A therapist can give you tips on how to resolve arguments and speak to each other more clearly too to avoid future issues. 

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