In a relationship with the person you think is “the one” but it seems so broken? These tips teach you how to fix a broken relationship and make it last.
A lot of couples go through ups and downs in a relationship. It’s only natural, and it even means your relationship is healthy. However, some couples spend an excessive amount of time in the downs and don’t have nearly enough ups. These relationships are what I like to call broken. But if you aren’t ready to give up on the relationship, here is how to fix a broken relationship.
They’re just not healthy, and they’re not what they once were. Therefore, the happy and healthy relationship that once thrived has been broken and replaced with something a lot less satisfying.
How to know if your relationship is in trouble
There are many ways someone can tell if their relationship is in serious need of repair. The first sign, if the two of you argue all the time. When you pick fights over little things and spend all your time together arguing instead of loving each other. It’s a sign your relationship needs fixing.
Another way to tell if your relationship needs mending is if you’re unhappy with the way you’re being treating. Being upset in a relationship more than you’re happy is a sign something is wrong and you need to fix it. [Read: 7 secret signs that reveal a really bad relationship]
How to fix a broken relationship and make it last
Not all relationships are doomed to fail just because they break. The truth is, you could be with your soul mate and things are just really rough. You need some guidance to fix it before it gets ruined for good. There’s nothing wrong with that.
If you feel like your relationship needs to be fixed, we know just how to help. Here are all the different ways to fix your broken relationship and make it last. If they’re worth it, then you do whatever it takes to make things better.
#1 Identify the problem. There may be big issues looming over the both of you and making the relationship difficult. Are there trust issues? Do they do something you hate, and you constantly nag them about it?
If there is an issue at the center of all your issues, identify it and work to fix it. When there’s only one problem, it’s a lot easier to get through than if there are a lot of them—which very well may be the case. [Read: 8 problems that will make your relationship stronger]
#2 Communicate with them. It’s no secret that communication is the key to a happy relationship. Marriage counselors preached this very idea for such a long time and for good reason. When you openly talk to your significant other about anything, it’s easier to work through your problems.
#3 Voice your concerns. Tell them what is bothering you. Don’t silence yourself and force them to figure it out because that will surely break your relationship if it’s not already broken.
In case you didn’t know, humans can’t read minds. So they’re not going to know when they’ve done something that upsets you and vice versa. Start opening up and telling them what’s wrong so they can help make it right.
#4 Pay attention to your partner’s feelings, too. Just because you’re upset doesn’t mean you’re the only person in the relationship suffering. If the relationship is truly broke, then your partner feels just as frazzled as you. Pay attention to how they feel. Be empathetic, and you’ll find your relationship starts mending itself. [Read: 7 reasons why empathy is important in a relationship]
#5 Do something fun together. When was the last time the two of you got out and did something fun together, like laser tag? You need to experience them in a fun environment to remind you both how much fun you have together. It’ll bring you back to when you first got together, and help you realize how things could really be.
#6 Spend time away from each other. Just as much as you have to spend quality time together, spend some time apart. Couples who are always together end up getting sick of each other and bicker all the time.
Give yourselves time to miss each other. By doing this you’ll be able to spend more time together being happy since you spent some time without having them in your life. You’ll also realize how much you don’t want to be without them.
#7 Spice up your sex life. Sex may not be everything in a relationship, but it definitely plays a huge role. If your sex life is amiss then your whole relationship may be broken. In order to fix your relationship, start by spicing things up in the bedroom. Having this connection reopened makes it easier to open yourselves up to your problems, too. [Read: 16 mind-blowing ways to spice up your relationship: Tonight]
#8 Admit when you’re wrong. You’re not always right in every situation. You know that even if you don’t want to admit it. You can’t always blame them for everything and think of yourself as a saint.
They’ll resent you for it. So admit when you’re wrong, apologize, and move on. It removes arguments and fixes your broken relationship.
#9 Understand where they’re coming from. Put yourself in their shoes. Even if you don’t agree with something they do, and you want to scream at them for it, try to understand where they’re coming from first. Often, you’ll see if you were in their situation you may have done the same thing.
#10 Let them know you want to fix it. Sometimes couples get so caught up in how broken their relationship is they don’t even think the other wants to fix anything. Make sure they know how much you want things to work and this opens their eyes. Helping them make just as much of an effort as you are. [Read: Love is a choice: Why only you can make love happen]
#11 Put in all your effort. Don’t half-ass it. Honestly, that only hurts your chances of fixing your relationship. Not only that, but your partner will be able to tell if your heart isn’t all the way in it, and they’ll be hurt by this. So give fixing your broken relationship all you’ve got.
#12 Stand up for yourself. If you’re feeling unhappy in your broken relationship it may be because you’re letting your partner walk all over you and your desires. Tell them how you feel and stand your ground. Stand up for yourself and they’ll not only respect you more, but you’ll be amazed how much it’ll mend your relationship. [Read: When the love is gone: 15 gestures to bring back the love]
#13 Don’t be afraid to tell them what they need to fix. Don’t just admit your faults and make them think they’ve done nothing wrong. Tell them what you need them to do in order for you to be happy.
They might not know certain things they do hurt you and the relationship. If they want to be with you and make it work, they’ll fix them, and your relationship will be made to last.
#14 Retrain your automatic responses. By this, I mean that when your partner tells you something you don’t like, you probably respond in a way that undermines and even hurts them.
#15 Know when enough is enough. It takes two people to fix a broken relationship. Sometimes both people just aren’t willing to put their differences aside in order to save the relationship.
Be willing to give up if you’re not getting what you deserve. Truthfully, your partner may not be as willing to fix things as you are. If they don’t want to make the relationship work, it’s not fair to put all your effort into something that won’t last.
Not all relationships are meant to last. However, if you truly feel in your heart that this broken relationship can be fixed, then all the above tips are what you need to bring it back and make it last.
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Bella is a lifestyle writer, cheese enthusiast (Wisconsin native over here) and fantasy adventure author-in-progress who enjoys all things love, dog, p...