Hands up if you’re always looking for ways to improve yourself. And how quickly do your thoughts disappear when you realize that it will take a lot of effort to change? I bet a lot of hands went down. I get it, I’m the same way. I only have so much time and effort to put into things so doing anything major would require a lot of planning — and maybe some sacrifices.
I’m sure you want your relationship to be the best it can be, but the truth is that there is only so much we can give before we experience burnout. And no relationship benefits from having one person being totally fried. Luckily, there are easy ways to improve relationships that require next to no effort. They probably take all of five minutes to do, but you can notice big changes to your and your significant other’s dynamic.
Click through the gallery to see eight little things you can do to improve your relationship that don’t require major effort.
Tell Your Partner How You Feel About ThemThis doesn't need to be any lengthy proclamation of love. I'm not asking you to write a love poem or sing a song. If you have something on your mind about bae, say it. Maybe your SO looks cute in his/her new jacket or maybe you felt really connected after he/she gave that speech. Tell him/her. Being more open about your emotions will also improve your relationship. Image source: Getty
Give Bae A HugIt's amazing what the simplest gestures can do. Most people feel better when they get a hug and I can guarantee bae will. You might think that a kiss would be better, but hugs work in almost any situation. Plus, there's something very endearing about the gesture. If you want to throw in some random kisses, go for it. Image source: Getty
Check In To See How Bae's Day Is GoingWe're so connected to technology, but sometimes we don't use it to our full advantage in our relationships. Drop bae a surprise text or email by asking how his/her day is going. Or, send a cute message when you know bae is feeling stressed about an upcoming test. It shows your concern and you're a part of what's going on in your significant other's life. Image source: Getty
Enjoy Not Doing Anything TogetherAre you and bae the sort of couple who is always doing something together and rushing from one thing to the next? Take a deep breath and chill. Embrace doing nothing. Have days where you just lounge on the sofa and you don't have to go anywhere. Bonus points if you're able to turn off all of your electronics. Image source: Getty
Make Your Own Mini RitualSome people have Saturday date night, others always do Taco Tuesday. What's your thing? If you don't have something, make something. And if you have one thing, make another easy one. It doesn't need to be anything big and it doesn't have to be something that costs a lot of money. It could be making Sundays be the day you go on a walk together. Or, Wednesday could be the day you watch bae's practice. Image source: Getty
Actually Listen Do BaeYour immediate response is probably, *Of course I listen to bae.* I'm sure you do most of the time. But, are there ever moments where bae is droning on about something and you're thinking about your chemistry test, the biology report you have to do, and the ending of Game of Thrones? It happens to us; we're only human. Try to make a conscious effort to focus on bae when you're together. Image source: Getty
Ask About Bae's Friends And FamilyWhen you're in a relationship, it's usually not just about the two of you. Bae probably talks about his relationships with his friends and family. Even if you've never met some of them, you can still inquire about how they're doing, if bae has brought them up before. If bae was talking about his sister's exam, ask how she did. It shows you remember and care. Image source: Getty
Write A Surprise NoteI've talked about technology, but there is still something to be said about putting pen to paper. I'm not asking you go all Shakespeare. You can do something as simple as writing *Thinking of you* on a Post-It and popping it in bae's bag. When he/she finds it, he/she will be stoked. Image source: Getty
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