Strengthening Marital Relationships takes a little time and some effort. Marriage Counselor Katrina Christie MEd, LCPC outlines ways to stay connected. It’s easy to fall into routines that become habits. Sometimes our routines keep us from making time for each other. Rather than have those little things lead to separate tracks, make an effort to stay connected.
Life gets busy. As a result, making time for each other often gets put on the back burner. Making an effort to stay connected is important for the long-term health of your marital relationship.
STAY CONNECTED – The First Step in Strengthening Marital Relationships
Here are a few ways couples can take on the daily hustle together and find ways to stay connected:
Sync your expectations. Start your day with a brief talk on what the day will hold for each of you. Share what you’re looking forward to or your concerns. This will keep your partner in the loop as to how things are going and what points of support he or she can be.
Spontaneity sparks connectedness. Sure, the schedule is important. But when an unanticipated change creates the space for an impromptu meet-up or phone call with your significant other, take advantage. Prioritize the chance it brings to enjoy being together rather than running out the clock until the appointment calendar kicks back in.
If it’s on your to-do list, do it together. Maybe there won’t be a chance every day to slot uninterrupted one-on-one time. If so, use the errands, chores and last-minute obligations as ‘’we” tasks rather than going separate ways. Traveling or walking in pursuit of a mission can reinforce how well you work together and remind each other what a good team you make.
Share a touch in passing. Sometimes being in the same physical space doesn’t automatically leave you feeling connected to each other. If you’re in one room on one task and your spouse is in another, take moments on occasion to stay in touch – literally. A simple trace across the hand or a hug in passing can quickly remind you that your hearts share that unique rhythm.
MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER A PRIORITY
When life clamors for your attention and competes for your time, remember that there are few responsibilities more meaningful or important than those of home and heart. Keeping them high on the priority list isn’t always about quantity, but quality of time together.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove, Buffalo Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights behavioral therapist Katrina Christie, MEd, LCPC, is rated one of the best counselors in the Northwest suburbs. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
Katrina Christie, MEd, LCPC, has more than 18 years of experience as a counselor. As a mother of two active and involved teenage boys Katrina understands how making time with your spouse isn’t always easy but how important a commitment to staying connected with each other is in strengthening marital relationships. Learn more about other conditions she treats, and her approach to marriage counselingLeave a reply →