If you’re in a relationship, chances are that you’ll be presented with an opportunity to show your partner support as he or she goes through some trials and frustrations. Everyone gets disappointed or down now and then and couples ought to be able to be there for each other. How do you react when your partner comes home sad, angry, or frustrated? Do you take it personally? Do you lash back in anger or frustration yourself?
Learn to be a supportive partner.
Maybe your partner has encountered some sort of problem and they want to know that they can come to you to share their feelings. If you are unapproachable, it may cause some dissension in the relationship. You can learn to become a good listener and encourager. You don’t have to have all the answers or solutions. Just listen and let your partner know that you genuinely care.
Be an open door.
Before you go any further in your relationship and no matter what the past has been like, determine to be an open door for your partner to walk through with his or her problems and concerns. Walk right up to your partner and say, “I want you to know that I really care about you every which way. I want you to know that you can come to me with any problem, issue, or concern and I will listen to you and be here for you. It’s important to me to be a supportive partner.” It’s that simple. Say it and then do it.
Have consistent communication.
If you’re not having consistent communication with your partner, chances are neither one of you will want to share problems, feelings, or concerns with each other. Try your best not to neglect meaningful communication throughout the weeks. Ask each other how you’re doing. Find the time to connect in a deeper way. Go for walks together or lie in bed at night with the television off and just see where your conversation leads. Communication is huge when it comes to the growth and productivity of relationships.
Give space when needed.
Sometimes your partner may be struggling with something but wants his or her space. Acknowledge this and simply assure your partner that you’re there if he or she needs you. Don’t take it personally. I’m sure there have been things on your mind that you’ve kept to yourself to mull over and the same can be true for your partner.
Being a supportive partner will help your relationship to grow and you’ll both feel much more at peace sharing with each other. Like I said before, struggles and frustrations will come on your journey, but it’s a relief to know that your partner is there for you to help you. Lean on each other through the tough times and rejoice in the fact that you’re serving one another in authentic and unconditional love.