Last week, we focused on the women, but this week, we will focus on how to make your relationship work.
Are you always in constant fight with your spouse or argue about irrelevant things? Is that spark still in the relationship or is he/her fast becoming “just a flatmate?”
While we do not like to play the relationship doctor, here are some few tips you can find helpful to make your relationship blossom again:
1. Clean out the dirt and trash it: Before you will be ready to love again, you need to heal the pain of the past. Don’t conceal your emotion, put it out there!
2. Recognize the need to love again: Don’t lose the light in your eyes, recognize the fact that to love is to live.
3. See a counselor/therapist: Being accountable to someone can help put things into perspective, who knows, maybe you are the problem in the relationship.
4. Read the recommended books in this week’s Essential Reads for the Soul.
Reclaim Your Relationship – Patricia S. Potter-Efron
Book Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
Number of Pages: 240 pages
Publication Year: 2006
This is an interactive workbook that has been put together to help rekindle the flickering flame of couples’ relationship. The simple phrase “I love you” is terribly important to people – so what keeps so many of us from saying it? “In Reclaim Your Relationship,” Ron and Pat Potter-Efron, marriage therapists who have been married for 37 years, combine their real-life and clinical experience in this practical and accessible workbook designed to help individuals improve connections in their relationships with those they love.
10 Lifesavers For Every Couple – David Hawkins
Book Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Number of Pages: 160 pages
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Clinical psychologist David Hawkins shows that seasons of relational stress can be predicted and managed in his book “10 Lifesavers for Every Couple.” He further stressed that these seasons can even lead to positive changes and renewed growth in a relationship. This easy-to-read handbook highlights important warning signals, helping readers avoid many serious consequences of relational trouble.
Women Who Worry Too Much – Holly Hazlett-Stevens
Book Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
Number of Pages: 184 pages
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Following an introduction by noted psychologist Michelle Craske that explores the reasons women worry more than men, the book addresses the fundamentals of worry: what it is, how it differs from anxiety, and how it can develop into a chronic state of mind. The book offers strategies for overcoming worry that include monitoring personal worry triggers, breaking worry-provoking habits, and avoiding avoidance-a major aggravating factor for all anxiety disorders.
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