Establish time to spend together and time for yourself. Although you need the time together to nurture your relationship, it is important to have a good balance. You are not the Mini-Me of each other.
You each have your own values, interests and needs. Make sure your couple time is about quality, not quantity. Set up boundaries so the family and friends know that this is your sacred time.
Now, it’s time to shift focus on you. Having shared perspectives and similar interests does not mean that you have to participate in all activities together. Creating personal time for yourself is important for your personal growth.
However, don’t use personal space as an excuse to not make time for each other. It is imperative that you articulate to each other the need for this time, so that no one feels neglected.
Be Patient with Each Other.
No one is perfect. It is important that you accept and love each other, quirks and all. Your relationship is a shared territory.
It requires love, work and patience. There is a learning curve in relationships and for some the learning never stop.
There is a difference in how the two of you relate, interact and live. You come to realize each others’ strengths and weaknesses.
View each other’s abilities and personality as a gift. Be more flexible in your viewpoints.
Work on win/win methods, so that no one has to lose. It’s more important to understand and value each other’s viewpoint, rather than trying to agree or disagree with it.
Respect Each Other
Respect each other’s values.
Respect each other’s time.
Respect each other’s space.
Respect each other’s privacy.
Respect each other’s weaknesses.
Respect each other’s point of view.
Respect each other’s faith.
Respect each other’s friends and family.
Respect each other’s job or career.
Respect each other’s culture.
Respect each other’s sense of humor.
Respect each other’s character.
Respect each other’s choices.
Respect each other’s belongings.
Respect each other through love.