Being more mindful of your actions is a great way to improve your own sense of well-being and how you feel about the world around you. Expanding that mindfulness one step further into your relationships can have the same great benefits!
The more aware you are of how your partner is feeling, the better you can relate to them and provide the support they need. As you’ll see, even a little bit of effort can go a long way.
Be in the Moment
One of the best ways to practice mindfulness in your relationship is to make your partner the sole focus whenever the two of you are alone together, whether it’s having dinner or taking a walk or watching a movie.
If you’re on your phone or otherwise distracted, it sends a signal to your partner that, although you are physically with them, your mind is elsewhere. Over time, this can lead to feelings of anger and resentment that could damage your relationship.
Handle Problems with Ease
No relationship is perfect and there are bound to be problems that arise. Engaging in mindfulness helps ensure that you stay cool under pressure and do not fly off the handle at your partner if they make a mistake or do something that upsets you.
Being mindful allows you to take a step back from the situation and get to the bottom of what’s really going on, rather than just your surface-level reaction. You’ll find that cooler heads prevail and you are better equipped to work through relationship issues.
Be More Supportive
A practice of mindfulness makes you more in tune with what’s going on around you, which means you’ll be able to pick up on cues from your partner about what they need from your relationship.
This comes in the form of being a better listener when they directly ask for something, and noticing nonverbal signals that come from facial expressions and other gestures. You won’t become a mind reader overnight, but over time you’ll be able to better detect their needs before they ever say a word to you about what’s on their mind.