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Is bad communication putting the brakes on your relationship?

After such positive feedback on one of my relationship posts, I’ve decided to address a subject that comes up time and time again – communication! In a healthy relationship, communication is extremely important. Without it, the connection you have with your partner may start to fizzle out, so it’s vital that you’re both open and honest with one another to make sure your bond remains strong.

If you find it hard to address certain issues, keep reading. Here are three common relationship problems you might have trouble communicating with your partner about, and what you can do to solve them.

Is bad communication putting the brakes on your relationship? | UK Lifestyle Blog

Kicking jealousy to the curb

Feelings of jealousy can cause huge problems in a relationship, and it can be a subject of conversation that you’d prefer to avoid. However, keeping your envy to yourself is a recipe for disaster, and letting it build up could make the situation even worse. Even though you might be anxious to broach the topic, opening up to your partner about your feelings will make you feel like a weight has been lifted. It’s also likely to reassure you that you needn’t feel this way. Having an honest conversation will give you both the opportunity to straighten out any misunderstandings, leaving your bond stronger than ever.

Being honest about health

When it comes to discussing a touchy health problem with your partner, it can be difficult to know where to start – especially if the problem is an intimate issue. For example, if you partner suffers from erectile dysfunction (ED), it’s understandable that he might not want to talk about it, making it all the more difficult for you to approach the subject. However, despite how awkward it might be, ED is something that neither you nor your partner can afford to ignore. ED can actually be the symptom of a more serious health condition, such as heart disease, or it could stem from a psychological problem, such as anxiety or depression.

Your man’s health and wellbeing are paramount, so it’s important to address the situation head on rather than disregard it in the hope it will simply go away. Encouraging your partner to open up is the first step you can take to tackle the problem together. Choosing the right moment is key, and it also helps to do some research about the issue beforehand. For instance, you could talk to him about the different types of treatments available. Your guy can get his hands on effective medicines such as Viagra from Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor and other trusted online sources.

Facing up to financial woes

Money is topic that a lot of couples struggle to see eye to eye on, and it can be extremely hard to discuss. Whether it’s credit card debt or frivolous spending, it can be easy for your financial woes to interfere with your relationship. To prevent your money matters from driving a wedge between you and your other half, it pays to team up and address the situation together. Being open and honest with each other is a must, and even if you don’t come to a solid agreement, you could at least meet each other half way in finding a solution to your money problems.

There’s no denying some health problems can be embarrassing to talk about, but as long as you’re sensitive, understanding and helpful, you’ll be able to support your guy in overcoming this problem once and for all. Being open and honest with your partner is essential. Simply plucking up the courage to confide in them could be just what you need to get your relationship moving forward.

2018-01-08T03:33:41+00:00 November 4, 2016|Health, Post|

Should You Tell Your Man When He’s Doing Your Head In?

People always ask me what it’s like working from home with my boyfriend. Honestly? It’s great. We’re so lucky that we barely ever argue, and we never get under each others feet. We have plenty of room in the house to have our own space, and sometimes I wonder off to a coffee shop if I feel I need a change of scenery.

Every couple has little things that grate on them; things like leaving the toilet seat up or consistently missing the washing bin? Guilty! I don’t know how S puts up with me.. That said, there are a few things I’ve learnt after working and living with my other half – I’m pretty sure this means I’m growing up 😫

Should You Tell Your Man When He's Doing Your Head In? | UK Lifestyle Blog

Pick Your Battles

It’s important that you pick your battles. This means choosing the issue that is causing you the most distress and calming address that first. Don’t bring up that time 10 years ago, when they said your bum looked big in that dress if you are trying to let you watch your choice on TV. Keep it relevant and distinct from any other issues or hurts you may be harbouring.

If it is about his appearance, broach it gently by checking out some fashion websites or grooming tips on BeardBro. Remember no one wants to be made to feel awful about themselves. So so barraging them with everything that they have ever done wrong isn’t going to get you the result that you want.

Those In Glass Houses

The next thing to consider when dealing with this issue is to ask are you blameless yourself? As they say, ‘people that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.’ For one, it can make it really easy to escalate it into a ‘tit for tat’ fight that is not constructive at all. Even if this doesn’t happen, you are going to look pretty hypocritical if you are asking them to be better with money, but you aren’t either. Especially if have five bags of new clothes that you can’t afford, tucked into your wardrobe upstairs!

Pick Your Time

Did you know that men also have a hormonal cycle? But theirs isn’t monthly, it’s actually daily. Their testosterone is highest in the morning making them full of energy and ready to get on with the day. Its falls through the days, so it’s at a medium level by lunch time and at its lowest in the evening. It’s probably not the best idea to ask him to change his ways when his testosterone is high as you are much more likely to get into an argument then.

Try after 4 pm when he may well be a bit more receptive. Remember though that exercise can amp that testosterone back up so give the discussion a miss if he’s fresh back from the gym.

How To Say It

How you ask you, partner, to change a behaviour can have a massive effect on their reaction and their willingness to meet you halfway. Unfortunately, us women are often accused of nagging if we ask the guys to do anything more than once. But making a special effort to ask them as an equal, and giving them the space to complete the task can help in this sort of situation.

2018-01-08T03:33:43+00:00 October 12, 2016|Health|

Things to do at the weekend with your BFFs!

Sometimes all you need is to be with your friends and do something fun. There’s something about the closest people in your life that can make you forget all about daily stresses and problems. They know how to put a smile on your face. It’s so important to schedule in time with your close friends.

Your routine can take over of work, sleep and repeat that time can just slip away from you. I’ve felt like this a lot recently, which is one of the main reasons I went self employed. So I thought I would share with you some fun things to do with your BFFs. 

Things to do at the weekend with your BFFs! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Heading away for the weekend

If you have a whole weekend free then why not consider heading off somewhere and exploring a new place. You can get some great last minute deals online. You could consider staying in this country or venturing off on a city break somewhere. Places like Paris or Barcelona are always quite popular. This gives you the whole weekend to connect and catch up with everyone. I’m sure it will offer a lot of laughs along the way as well.

Paint balling

Something a little different could be to organise a paint balling afternoon. This might be great for just the boys, but I think girls can get a lot of fun out of it as well. If you are a mixed group then why not let the girls take on the boys. There are plenty of paintball reviews that you can read before booking anything. I’m sure everyone will have a great time.

A spa afternoon

The last suggestion could be a relaxing afternoon in a spa. A chance for you and your friends to unwind and enjoy one another’s company while having your nails done. You could even consider having a massage or facial. Some spas offer packages which can be great value for money. You could even add on a two course meal or an afternoon tea in some places.

Things to do at the weekend with your BFFs! | UK Lifestyle Blog

A night out on the town

There’s nothing quite like getting your best clothes on and heading out for a night on the town with your best friends. You can have a meal and drinks and make a whole evening of it. You could even finish off dancing the night away. I think a good night will always make for incredible memories. I’m avoiding booze at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun!! 

A day at the races

If you like getting dressed up then why not consider a day at the races. You don’t have to be big on gambling to enjoy the day. It can be just as much fun to enjoy the atmosphere and drink a few glasses of champagne. Everyone makes a real effort to look great for a day at the races. You might want to consider ladies day at some race courses where the fashion is something worth seeing.

I hope these ideas inspire you to book a date with your friends as soon as possible.

2018-01-08T03:33:57+00:00 May 11, 2016|Health|
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