There are lots of ways to build trust in a relationship. One of the most important things in any relationship, and why they often break down, is trust. Trust comes with time. As your relationship progresses, you either learn to trust each other or you fall apart. In any relationship, there are little things you can do to build that trust. Here are the best ways to build trust in a relationship.
1 Keep a Routine
One of the best ways to build trust in a relationship is to create a routine. You’ll learn each other’s routine as you get to know each other. This can avoid unnecessary distress or doubts because you won't be wondering where he is all the time.
2 Be Honest
Lying to someone is a guaranteed way to ensure that they’ll never trust you. Build your relationship on a foundation of honesty, and you’ll be all the stronger for it down the road. After all, if you feel the need to lie to your partner about how you feel or what you’re doing, there may be some deeper issues you need to address.
3 But Be Direct
Sometimes there are things you don’t want to say. Things can be awkward or uncomfortable if you bring them up. But it’s important to. Always be direct with your feelings. If he's upset you, tell him. Don’t play games.
4 Be Reliable
If you arrange a time to meet, stick to it. Don’t break commitments or promises, because your partner won’t be able to trust you. If you want to make a relationship work, both parties must be willing to put the time in. You can be fashionably late, but make sure you turn up.
5 Be Honest about Your Feelings
If you don’t like what he's doing, if you feel upset or if he's hurt you – TELL HIM. Discussing feelings is hard. It leaves us open and vulnerable, but your relationship will never grow unless you’re honest about your feelings. You can’t fix what you don’t know about.
6 It’s OK to Say "no"
This isn’t just about sex, although that’s the obvious one. It’s OK to say “no”, and both partners need to learn to respect that. Even if you're in a relationship, you’re still your own person. You’re allowed to not want to see him, not to go out or not want sex. Your body. Your rules.
I can’t emphasise this enough – TALK TO EACH OTHER. The more you talk, the easier it is. Talk about your feelings, how you feel the relationship is going, things you think you need to work on. Talk about other things too like what you want to do on the weekend, your favourite music and movies. Talk to him. Get to know him. Build that trust.
8 Give Each Other Space
A relationship involves effort, but it’s OK to take time for yourself. Especially if you’re an introvert, it can feel like you must spend every moment with your partner. Sometimes we need space. Respect that and respect him.
9 You’re on the Same Team
If you’re arguing, it may not feel like it, but you’re on the same team. It’s you and him against the world. Trust him the way you trust any teammate or co-worker. Trust that he’ll have your back in an argument, and make sure you have his.
10 Respect Each Other
Your partner is another person; someone’s child or sibling, someone’s friend. He has his own friends and interests, his own career and goals. You must respect him as his own person. A relationship should add to your life, not consume it.
11 Know Each Other Well
Get to know each other’s interests and hobbies, his mannerisms and his sense of humour. As you get to know him, it will be easier to trust him.
12 Don’t Cheat
This may seem obvious, but don’t give your partner a reason to distrust you. You can’t break his heart and expect him to just brush it off. If you agree to an exclusive relationship, either stick to it or don’t be in a relationship.
13 Love Him
Love comes with time, but the best way to have a healthy relationship is to genuinely love your partner without any ulterior motives. He must make your life better; not because your family likes him or you’re afraid to be alone.
14 Your Relationship Should Be a Priority
For both of you. It shouldn’t be your only priority, but it should be a priority. Put the time in. Meet up. Work through problems and tell he what he means to you. In time, you’ll learn to trust him.
15 Work through the Hard Times
There will be hard times, times of losing people, or a bad day at the office. You’ll argue, have periods and illness and times it all seems too much. If you’ve built your relationship on a foundation of trust and honesty, you can avoid most fights altogether. Remember, you’re both only human, and you’re trying your best.