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With the New Year just around the corner, many of us will be working on our resolutions for 2023. But in the midst of career, health and financial resolutions, it is also important to keep your romantic relationship in mind when setting goals for 2023.
With this in mind, sexual wellness brand Lovehoney has partnered with relationship expert Callisto Adams to help explain why setting New Year's resolutions as a couple is important, and to offer her advice on resolutions couples should make for happier and healthier relationships in 2023.
New Year’s resolutions couples should make in 2023 for happier and healthier relationships
Why can setting New Year's resolutions as a couple be beneficial?
"New Year’s resolutions can help to promote open and honest communication between partners, as you discuss your goals and aspirations for the year ahead. This can foster a deeper understanding of each other's needs, values, and priorities, and can help to identify any potential areas of conflict or misunderstanding.
"Setting resolutions together can provide a sense of shared purpose and direction, and can help couples to work towards common goals and visions for the future. Resolutions can also provide a sense of accountability and motivation, as you track your progress and support each other in achieving your goals. They can help couples to learn and grow together, and can provide opportunities for personal and relationship development."
10 New Year's resolutions for couples to consider for a happy and healthy relationship
Communicate openly and honestly with each other - This means expressing your thoughts, feelings, and needs in a clear and respectful way, and listening actively to your partner's perspective.
Practise gratitude and appreciation for each other - Take the time to notice and acknowledge the small things that your partner does to support and care for you, and express your gratitude for their love and support.
Prioritise quality time together - Make time for each other on a regular basis, and engage in activities and experiences that you both enjoy.
Practise healthy conflict resolution - Learn to communicate and problem-solve effectively, and avoid behaviours such as blame, criticism, or stonewalling.
Support each other's growth and development - Encourage each other to pursue your individual goals and interests, and support each other through challenges and setbacks.
Practise self-care and self-compassion - Take care of your own physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and be kind and understanding with yourself when you make mistakes or struggle.
Foster intimacy and connection - Build emotional, physical, and sexual intimacy with each other, and make time for intimacy and connection on a regular basis.
Strengthen your support network - Build and maintain connections with friends, family, and other important people in your life, and seek help and support when needed.
Learn from past mistakes and challenges - Reflect on past challenges and conflicts, and learn from them in order to grow and improve as a couple.
Make a plan for the future - This means setting goals and making plans together for the future, and working towards a shared vision of what you want your relationship to be.
Overall, these New Year's resolutions can help couples to create a happy and healthy relationship by focusing on communication, gratitude, quality time, conflict resolution, support, self-care, intimacy, connection, support, learning, and planning.
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