No relationship is smooth sailing from start to finish. Even the best relationships – the ones that last for decades – have their struggles along the way. There is no shame in going through a difficult patch in your relationship, but it is how you handle these struggles that will determine your path forward.

If you happen to need a little guidance on how you can get your struggling relationship back on track, please read on.

Honest Communication

You probably aren’t surprised to find this point at the top of the list. After all, everyone knows that communication is extremely important in a relationship, so it only makes sense that getting your relationship back into a good place will require plenty of communicating from both parties. It is important to note that communicating does not mean simply telling your partner everything that you are frustrated with in the relationship. It means having an open, honest back-and-forth conversation about how things are going. Over time, these kinds of talks should build a firm foundation for success.

Do Something Fun

Fixing your relationship doesn’t have to be all about long talks on the couch late into the night. Those might be helpful, but it can also be helpful to simply get out and do something fun. These kinds of enjoyable dates are likely to remind you of why you and your partner first fell for each other. It is stressful to consistently deal with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of your relationship and the struggles you are facing – a fun date doing something you both enjoy could turn things around.

Give Each Other Space

This is basically the opposite of the point above, but it is just as important. Some relationships run into trouble because the individuals within the relationship forget who they are. You don’t have to become a completely new person just because you are in a relationship, and your relationship will probably fail if you do. Make sure you intentionally give each other space to engage in activities that you enjoy. Whether it’s something like hanging out with friends, going for a run, or just reading a book, everyone needs some time that they can call their own.

Back to the Basics

When you are frustrated with your partner, it’s easy to see only the negatives. Maybe they tend to interrupt you when having a conversation, or maybe they hog the bed. Whatever the case may be, you might find yourself dwelling on the negatives, rather than the things that drew you to this person in the first place. Make it a point to consistently remind yourself of what you like about your partner, and why you have chosen to be with them. Once you start framing things in a positive light, those little annoyances that were driving you crazy may not seem so important.

If your previously strong relationship has been struggling a bit in recent times, the four ideas above are worth your consideration. Good luck!