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7 Tips for Handling a Difficult Relationship ...

By Heather

Handling a difficult relationship is never easy, but everything that you have with your partner is worth fighting for, right? If you are handling a difficult relationship right now, know that you aren't alone and that there are tips to help you. Below, I've got some helpful tips that will not only help you handle your relationship, but that could actually save it! If you are considering a break up, take a look below before you pull the trigger!

1 Set down Boundaries

Handling a difficult relationship is something that everyone does at one time or another but you've got to set down boundaries. What does that mean? If your partner is clingy as soon as you get home, just tell them you need 10 minutes with no talking. If your partner is constantly at you for not spending time with them, set a rule that both of you need to have a date night once a week. Difficult and conflicting relationships and opposite relationships are hard, but worth it!

2 Lose the Frustration

Frustration in a relationship can kill it. It can make both of you turn on each other and it can make the misunderstandings in your relationship that much harder to deal with. If you're constantly losing your focus with your partner and constantly getting frustrated, take a step back – why are you frustrated? Do you think it's right to get frustrated over something small? If the answer is no, let it go!

3 Communicate a Lot

Communication in any relationship is key. If you are in a relationship that is harder than most and you have to work at it to be together, you've got to communicate. It isn't going to get better or go anywhere if you aren't keeping the lines of communication open with one another.

4 Common Ground

A common ground is something that both of you have to have too – it's the base of all relationships! Whether you both have a hobby that you do together or you are just trying to find something that you are both interested in, you've got to have some type of common ground that both of you could work from.

5 Support Group

When you are in a relationship that you've got to work at, you can't do it by yourself. You've got to have people you can bounce ideas off of and people who know you and your partner, so that you can compare what you both are saying. A group of friends can go a long way when you're in this type of relationship!

6 Don't Shut down

One of the easiest things to do in a difficult relationship can be to shut down completely. It can be tempting to shut out everything and everyone that has to do with your relationship, but don't. It isn't going to make anything better and truthfully, it can just lead to someone's feelings getting hurt.

7 Remember the Good Times

Finally, you've got to be in your relationship for a reason, right? You've got to be with your partner for a reason, which means there were some good times. When things get bad, focus on the good things about your relationship!

Now that you know how to handle your difficult relationship, what are some of the other tips you have? Have you tried any of my tips above? Share your experience!

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