Relationships are never easy, but the coronavirus pandemic has tested relationships and marriages in countless ways. Whether you need a little relationship tune-up or are struggling to find your footing as a couple, therapists can help. Below, mental health pros reveal their best advice for thriving with your better half in 2022.
1. Improve communication.
“If you want to have a successful and happy relationship with your partner, it is fundamental to establish healthy communication,” says Lin Sternlicht, a therapist and co-founder of Family Addiction Specialist, based in New York City. “One of the biggest problems when it comes to communication is that we often don’t listen to understand, but rather listen to reply. Seek to understand rather than to be understood. Your partner will feel validated in the process, improving communication and the overall relationship.”