Being able to maintain a healthy romantic relationship seems incredibly hard these days. With dating apps and social media taking over our lives, having a committed relationship seems almost unnatural. But, that doesn’t mean people aren’t having them. In fact, I am living, breathing proof that you can have and maintain a healthy romantic relationship (even if you never had one before). Here are some of the signature signs of a healthy partnership.
You Both Trust One Another
One of the key signs of having a healthy relationship is trust. Couple goals are nothing without it. In fact, being comfortable with your significant other is not only crucial, but it’s an essential part of a healthy relationship. Trust is similar. Without it, there is no way that the relationship can endure the hard times- because even through the ups and the downs, a healthy relationship is one where both people don’t feel jealous or needy- they just trust.
One of the most significant and empowering part of a healthy romantic relationship is ultimately mutual respect. It seems simple, but it really comes down to showing respect every day- even when it comes to the little things. A simple thank you when your guy compliments you. Show genuine interest in your partner’s day. Truly listen to their feelings. All these things can go a long way toward having your significant other feel respected and deepen your connection.
Spend Quality Time Together
Even if you and your S.O. have busy schedules, and then again who doesn’t, it’s so important to have some quality time together. In fact, quality time really doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Having a home-cooked meal, breakfast in bed, morning coffee, whatever you can do to share some time with your boo is a great way to maintain a strong bond.
Even though my guy and I have very busy schedules, we still carve out a couple nights a week to hang out together. Even if we are binge-watching TV, laying next to each other, feeling some physical connection really makes the time together so worth it and incredibly necessary.
Tiny Gestures Of Love
The little things always mean the most. While big gestures are nice, on occasion, it’s the little gestures that really have an impact. Intimate gestures allow you to have a meaningful connection with your partner. In fact, I much prefer when my guy shows off his low-key romantic side by doing something as small as making date night plans (because he knows how much I hate making decisions about where to eat). It’s in those moments that I look at him with renewed love.
Continue To Cultivate Physical Closeness
Hand holding, slight PDA, cuddling on the couch- it’s these types of physical connections that bring a couple closer together. To maintain a healthy romantic relationship, physical closeness is very necessary. Again, my guy and I will not always hold hands, but it feels good when we do. Physical connection simply creates more intimacy which is a necessary element of a healthy relationship.
Keeping In Touch
Beyond the physical, there is something very important about being able to share with your partner freely and comfortably. When you are hanging out with your friends, doing your own thing, being able to also connect with your significant other through texts and memes is a wonderful way to continue the connection.
In our digital era of dating, it’s no surprise that sharing little texts throughout the day can go a long way towards sustaining a healthy romantic relationship. My guy and I live in different areas of NYC, as a result, we rely on FaceTime to keep us connected.
We don’t hold back when it comes to sharing things via text or social media either. Our direct messages and texts are just us, being goofy with one another because that’s how we stay connected and it’s great!