How to Save a Relationship


The dos and don'ts of fixing a relationship.

If you and your guy have been having problems for a while, saving your relationship is still possible, but it won't be easy. If your issues run deep, they probably can't be cured by an expensive vacation, new home, or wedding. Those are what I call "Band-Aid approaches," and they simply don’t work for the long term. What will work, however, is the two of you nurturing the relationship together, being honest about your feelings, and working toward a solution. If you’re ready to put the work in, here’s how to save a relationship: 

Step #1: Get real about your relationship problems.

Do you trick yourself into believing that your relationship would improve if only you could schedule date night more often, or if he could take time off to go on a two-week vacation? The truth is if you and your partner are having serious problems and can't get along, going out to dinner isn't going to fix what's broken. If you want to move forward, you must admit that, and be willing to dig deeper. 

Step #2: Look for the root cause of your issues.

Your next step is to get clear on exactly what's missing from your relationship. For example, do you feel disconnected or unloved by your man? Do you crave deeper communication? Do you need to feel more important? Once you're in touch with the deep issues in your relationship, figure out what you need him to do differently. For example, do you need him to put the cell phone down and talk to you a little bit each day? Do you need him to tell you he loves you more often? Figure out what you need, and prepare to ask for it.

Step #3: Talk to your man about the relationship.

Spend some time talking to your guy about what you're missing from the relationship, and ask him to help you come up with a solution. For example, you may say something like, "Babe, I'm feeling a little ignored lately. I know it's not your intention and I know you love me, but I can't shake this feeling. I think I might need us to talk more without any distractions like the TV or our cell phones. What do you think?"

Remember that fixing your problems won't happen overnight, but if you work at improving your relationship a little bit each day, you’ll have a shot at happily ever after. For more proven and practical dating advice go to and catch up with me on Facebook!

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This article was originally published at Make Up or Break Up. Reprinted with permission from the author.