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Mending Your Marriage after Brain Injury

Marriage is a union that takes a lot of work even years after the couple said: “I Do.” Partners go through many trials over the course of their relationship. Some of those are easily overcome, but others can be challenging and especially hard.

One of the biggest trials for marriage is a sickness of the partner. This is a hard period for both spouses that completely changes the dynamics of marriage. While some couples accept this new instance and try to overpass it, there are those that crumble and break down.

One of these trying moments is when a partner suffers from an illness that is difficult and life-changing, like brain injury. It will put the marriage on a trial and insert numerous emotional obstacles into persons’ lives. Mending a marriage after brain injury is a process that will require investing a lot of emotions, patience and above else time into getting the bearings again.

Brain injury can change your partner to the lengths that you would have to get to know them all over again. The recovery time alone may take a long time and put quite a strain on your relationship. However, it is not impossible to find your bearings again and with some dedication and patience, you will get there.

  1. Have daily alone time

If you are surrounded by people the whole day, you two will hardly have enough time to find out new mechanics of your relationship. And that includes the kids as well. So, make room every day to spend time with your partner alone so you can get to know each other all over again.

This doesn’t have to be anything special, but rather normal and casual like playing games or walking. Find an activity that will make you both happy and use it to learn more about each other. After all, your partner’s brain injury may have changed them, but you can discover them anew.

  1. Don’t reminiscence of how it used to be

We all like to remember how things were before the certain change in our lives. And if your partner suffered a brain injury that changed them in some way, you may do it more than usual. Often, it’s about who they used to be and are now, but that is a futile and damaging course.

Accept your partner as they are now and focus on what you can do to help them and your marriage survive through this change. This is not only an emotionally healthy approach but will also allow you to use your time more productively. Accepting, after all, is a way to resolve the issues you face in any aspect of your life, and thus in this.

  1. Work out the little things

Every day small gestures can do a lot in a thriving relationship, but also it’s the little things that can damage your marriage. Find what bothers you and your partner and work on changing. At the same time, don’t forget to show your love to one another with some small acts of affection like a kiss or giving them a smile.

  1. Don’t compare with others

Others might have experienced the same problems you have, and their advice and stories can be useful but avoid comparing yourself to them. In this case, you need to find your own bearing and strategy to overcome emotional troubles. Everyone’s situation is different and unique, and so you won’t find a marriage that is just like yours.

People let you see what they want and although you may see that someone is successfully handling one aspect of their marriage, it may not be that simple. So, don’t compare to others and strain your relationship even more with that sort of pressure. But rather get to know your partner and your marriage in order to find the right solution for your problems.

  1. Go to marriage counseling

When things become too tough to handle, it’s wise to seek a professional help to show you the way. Marriage counseling is intended to do just that for couples in troubled relationships and help them overcome their problems. Sometimes, couples would have to go through individual sessions as well, so the counselor could more easily understand what they’re going through.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to be honest with yourself and your partner during these appointments. They will be emotionally demanding, but this is nothing to fear or run from. After all, facing off emotional troubles and doubts will only help you be closer as a couple and get you on the right path.

  1. Seek legal help

Legal help is useful in many ways after your partner suffered a brain injury. First of all, hire personal injury lawyers to advise you and represent as you seek financial compensation for the injury. This so-called loss of consortium claim will help you cover medical expenses and other costs which incurred after the accident.

Additionally, another reason to seek legal help is to transfer property in your name and become representative for your partner, if need be. It will help you run your home, organize finances and make decisions for your partner if they’re not capable of doing so themselves.

  1. Use a kitchen timer

Kitchen timer technique is pretty useful in times when you are arguing to stop the conversation from becoming more heated. Use a simple kitchen timer that you start every time you cook and set it for 30 minutes if the discussion is starting to get out of hand. Then both of you make some space between you two by going to different rooms and cool off.

This technique will save you the arguing and give you an opportunity to have a constructive discussion. Not to mention that it will eliminate stress from your conversations and help you come to understanding more easily.

As a conclusion

Managing your marriage after brain injury will be a demanding process that will take a lot from you and your partner. But it will also be a rewarding one since it will help them recover and you to accept the changes after the accident. After all, when there is will, there aren’t many things that people can’t do or achieve in their lives.

Adapting to Life Changes in Marriage

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that over 300,000 marriages take place each year in England and Wales. With divorce rates at just 8.9 per 1000 married couples, more of these partnerships are staying together. That is not to say that marriage has gotten any easier, however. Successfully sharing your life with a long term partner requires flexibility. Inevitably, life brings change. The ability to adapt and take on new roles within the relationship can make all the difference in being able to successfully maintain it, forever.

Sharing Finances 

For many, marriage is the first time to experience shared finances. Especially as the average age of people marrying is on the rise, these working adults have already learned the basics of personal financial responsibility. Car payments, bank accounts, rent, savings and debt are nothing new. However, having joint bank accounts, entering into debt together, and managing a household budget can be the first stressor in a marriage.

Although there are many ways to manage your finances as a couple, it is not unusual for one person in the partnership to take on the task of budgeting, managing the accounts, and paying the bills. Open communication about money, as in all things, is necessary for the health of the relationship. Without it, one person may start feeling uncomfortable with the arrangement, especially if there is an imbalance in the income being brought into the household.

It is not as easy as it may seem to think in terms of “our” money rather than “yours” and “mine.” Consider having both joint and personal accounts to avoid this source of conflict. Joint accounts can be used to cover household expenses like housing, utilities, and groceries while personal accounts cover things like clothes, nights out with friends, and trips to the salon or barber.

Becoming Parents

When a couple decides to start a family it marks a massive transition for the relationship. The new and ever changing responsibilities of caring for a child are immense and hugely time consuming. As each person takes on the role of parent, their role in the relationship also changes.

Married couples with children find it difficult to devote time to nurturing their relationship. The Economic and Social Research Council conducted a mixed method psychosocial study on enduring love. They found that parents engage in less relationship maintenance than their childless counterparts. The time spent doing parenting related tasks and activities leaves little time for other things. When children are very young, a parent’s focus and energy is overwhelmingly spent on the child. Parents are left feeling tired and drained with nothing left to give to their spouse.

Couples will have a greater chance of long term success if they commit to spending regular time with one another as a couple, not as parents. A set date night  with the help of a family member or childminder can do wonders for keeping a couple connected. Little things can be done on a daily basis to show care and thought for your partner. Making their tea in the morning or sending a sweet text in the middle of a work day is a small gesture that can have a big long term impact.

Illness and Caretaking

As time moves on one or both of the people in a marriage may find themselves in the role of caretaker. This can come about in different ways.  A parent of the couple or one of the people in the couple themselves becomes chronically ill and requires everyday care. Whether caring for a sick parent or spouse, this change is an emotional and taxing phase for all involved.

Caregiving takes a big emotional toll on a person. The caretaker has to come to terms with the fact that someone they love dearly is sick. Fear, uncertainty, and sadness can become all consuming. Boredom, frustration, and hopelessness are not at all uncommon. Seeking out help and support is crucial during this time. Having someone to talk openly and honestly with, whether a friend, family member, or professional, is critical to emotional well being.

Practically speaking, a caretaker should not attempt to go it alone. Outside help, even if for only a few hours a week, can give the caretaker a regular necessary reprieve. For those in need, social assistance is available from the NHS by requesting a needs assessment. For short periods of time, for running errands or attending personal appointments, the ill loved one can be left alone. Providing the loved one with communication tools that can help the carer and cared for feel more secure in leaving for these short excursions.

Empty Nest or Retirement

When couples move from being full time workers, parents, or both to being empty nesters or retirees, life as a couple, once again, transforms. Schedules are suddenly more open. Spaces are available that were once filled with children and work obligations. This can be disorienting for a couple. They may feel like they have nothing to talk about or focus on. It requires an adjustment and attention to reconnect or keep the relationship strong in this new dynamic.

Identifying areas of interest that are shared but have never been explored is a great place to start. This gives a freshness and spark to the relationship and can be very fulfilling and exciting. This new found time is a gift and choosing to spend some of it in a passionate pursuit with your spouse is invaluable to the health of the relationship.

Giving your spouse freedom to pursue personal interests or to simply spend time alone is an equally positive way to nurture your relationship during this stage. It is healthy and natural for both parties to a relationship to have interests that are solely their own. Supporting one another in individual pursuits and allowing each other to spend time away can actually bring them closer.

If we are lucky, life is long. Choosing to spend it in a relationship can be the most rewarding experience of one’s life. It is not without its set of challenges but each partner can adapt and support each other through all of life’s changing roles.

10 Tips On How To Spice Up Your Marriage

 

The love can blind us, it can heal us, it can make us do extraordinary things. When people start a relationship, sparkles constantly fly around, because we are learning about each other and investigating our sexuality. So, when we enter the world of marriage, that fierce passion slowly fades away, and couples usually transit into the attachment phase and value more conformity, respect and security. Keeping the sparks lit in our body is essential for a long-lasting marriage because we would feel happier, more satisfied and even healthier.

2. Plan an exciting weekend getaway

Hectic lifestyle, work responsibilities, kids and many other obligations, next to being exhausting, can also be sexually repulsive. That means, that you would just feel too tired to engage in night activities. A perfect way to escape from your daily routines and, of course, spice up your marriage, is to just run away. Find a nice cottage in the mountains, or go to a 5-star hotel and enjoy in thrilling and relaxing spa and juicy weekend getaway. Dedicate that time only to yourself. If possible, leave the smartphones at home and only bring a bottle (or two) of wine. And don’t forget to light up the fireplace and turn the heat on (literally).

2. Get spontaneous

If it has been days or even weeks after your last physical connection, then you should try the surprise factor. All relationships need spontaneity, and believe it or not, many great things can come out of it. It isn’t difficult to be spontaneous. You only have to kiss your partner when he or she is least expecting it and follow up that kiss with a nice twist and roll to the bed. Play smooth jazz and pop the champagne. And before you know it, things will heat up.

3. Embrace the role play

After a certain period, many married couples got used to making love in the same tedious manner. But as time passes, same old posses can get rather dull and that should be a signal to make a change. Role play can be extremely fun and exciting. Even those people who aren’t creative at all can come up with some vivid role. You can play pretend that you are an officer and prisoner begging to be set free. Or a nurse and a dying patient, the list is endless. You don’t need provocative costumes, or any special dress up, just try to make it a little bit dramatic and exhilarating.

4. Try something new

Again, routine! The best way to totally transform your marriage and spice it up is to try out something different. You can organize an intimate dinner party and have a heavy make-out session. Or break the rules and do something utterly thrilling like sneaking out into a park after hours or getting some fiery sex toys such as The Hot Spot has to offer and set fire to your imagination. By igniting your naughty side, and having fun you would, without doubt, fire up your marriage

5. Put off the contact

You might be wondering, why should we do that? Some research has actually proven that by delaying and putting off physical contact can lead to having passionate and flaming sex. What?! Oh yes. Just when you have started getting physical, try to stop it. It might drive you completely crazy, but in a few days, when you continue where you’ve left off, you won’t be able to keep the hands off each other.

6. Mix it up with food

When you fall into a boring routine and keep going to the same old restaurant, your spirit will definitely bring you down. In order to shake things up, break that routine and embark in a spicy adventure. Go together to a local market and get exotic food like lobster or seafood. Go home, add mix those exotic ingredients and start cooking together. After dinner, bring the dessert to the bedroom. And for the dessert serve strawberries, cherries, whipped cream and each other.

7. Try juicy aphrodisiacs

Let’s just follow up with the desserts. There is no better way to get active than by experimenting. And some aphrodisiacs can do wonders because they actually work. Next, to being delicious, an aphrodisiac is something that can immediately increase your libido. Chocolate and red wine are at the top of the list. Fruits dipped into chocolate mousse are also a winning combo. Then there is the edible body paint. Licking chocolate sauce and whipped cream off your partner is undoubtedly fiery and it will get the ball rolling.

8. Be flirtatious

Bring back the memories of past days when you have just started dating. By reminiscing about the past, you can remember how your partner used to court you and then you can try to redo all of that. Get flirtatious, talk about past days and how you used to make love, and then try to repeat old favourites. Try dressing a little bit provocative, and make your partner talk how he would take off your clothes and explain, step by step, things he would do to you.

9. Location and pose shift

If you can’t seem to find time to go somewhere far, then you can try with changing locations locally. Make love in the places where you haven’t done before. The back of your car is always a good option, soup up in the shower, “do a quickie” in the restaurant’s toilet, or just place a blanket in your backyard and let the starts wow you. Change poses more often. Get the classical kama sutra book of love and positions, and start experimenting.

10. Talk about it

Communication and respect is the key to a good marriage. You might not know it, but it is also key to a quality sex life. There is something that rekindles the spark between spouses when they start talking about their wishes and desires. Open up, and discuss what you would like to try to change in order to enliven your marriage. In the end, practice gratitude, and try to help each other and be thankful for your relationship.


In Summation
It would be absolutely perfect if there existed a magic wand which you can just swing and make everything peachy as it used to be. It takes time, effort, a little bit of patience and creativity. However, if you follow these tips you will spice up your marriage in no time.

Why are customized engagement rings the star of every romance?

When you ask someone how to buy engagement rings, they will probably tell you all about the “two-month salary” rule. Does it make sense to spend two months of your hard-earned salary on a diamond right for engagement? If that’s how you buy proposal rings, how does one buy wedding rings? In most of the cases, women do not continue wearing the engagement ring after their wedding. They replace it with their wedding ring. The modern woman does stack her rings together or wears the other one on her right ring finger, but even that does not justify the “two-month salary” rule.

What should be the value of your engagement ring?

According to the younger generation, proposing is not the tough part of the romantic moment, but finding the right ring is. It is easier to pop the question than to decide on your budget for the ring. The decision is not always rational and logical. The choice of an engagement ring is often emotional and the existence of these “two months’ salary” rules, age rule and the car rule do not help the situation at all. So, what should you consider while choosing the engagement ring for you bae?

  • Think about their expectations
  • Consider your financial situation

Pay attention to what your lady likes

Your lady must have mentioned what the one engagement ring they really wanted. Whether it was a three-karat rock or a speck on a gold band, her choice will reveal a lot about her taste. It is safe to assume that women like it big. We have never seen a rock under 1 carat elicit as much excitement as a big one. Even if your lady is super smart, charming and intelligent, there is no way she will overlook the size, shape, color, and clarity of the diamond on her ring. If you are wondering if you can forgo diamonds and going with other gemstones, don’t even think about it! Instead, check out Jannpaul engagement ring designs that will fit your budget.

Think about designing the ring on your own

You can be sure that your girlfriend has been thinking about her engagement ring for quite some time now. All women fantasize about engagement rings. They dream about the perfect clarity, cut, and carat. She may have even mentioned that cushion shaped solitaire ring in platinum or the halo diamond ring in white gold. If you do not find the exact design in the store, you can build your bespoke engagement ring from scratch with on the website.

Choosing your ring should be a financial decision

Your engagement should be romantic and dreamy. Finding the right ring should not give you cold feet or become a glitch in the process. To make the process struggle-free, weigh the following facts –

  • You current earnings
  • Your savings and investments
  • Total current expenses
  • Potential income and growth of savings in the future

If you have stowed away money for buying the perfect ring for your precious one, then it should be easy for you. Check out the best quality and design your money can buy. If you don’t have enough in savings, then consider your potential income. Do you have a lump sum profit coming your way? Then you can think about splurging a little more than your savings will permit.

It is imperative not to go overboard. Check all your options, compare the quality and prices, and choose the ring that will perfectly symbolize your love and commitment.

5 Challenges of Intercultural Marriage

Even though we live in a world which sends robots to Mars, sometimes technological advancement is all there is from humankind. While we aim for the stars to give us a better future, we forget that there are still certain issues that should be addressed here on Earth. Intercultural marriage is one of the numerous things we should discuss and resolve, as a testament to positive human evolution for our posterity.

Marriage is a challenge. It requires work and compromise between partners, no matter how much they love each other. However, marriage also requires strength to overcome the stressors surrounding the relationship. And that is what challenges of intercultural marriage mean for the partners – endurance of bigotry, racism, class differences and all the things that come out of petty minds.

In a way, these couples have to work on their marriage at the same time they’re working on showing the world that love is the most valuable feeling in the world. Unfortunately, sometimes that is simply not enough and these couples face a lifelong battle with issues that don’t belong in the civilized, modern society that wants to spread across the universe.

  1. Interracial marriages

Racism is, sadly, still a serious issue that exists in even the most modern countries in the world like the USA. Judging people by their skin color shouldn’t be discussed any more at all since it shouldn’t exist in the first place. But we all know that the world is more complicated and challenging than that.

But people are not judged for their interracial marriages only by strangers. The worst impact on their relationship is made by their peers, family, and friends. This is something that has been present in society for centuries, and will undoubtedly be here in the future.

Thus, the pressure on the interracial marriage is like carrying a heavy load which just got heavier because someone set on it instead of helping you carry it. Racism won’t go away if we turn our heads the other way, but only if we join the ranks of brave men and women who fight it all their lives. This is a complex problem that needs to be addressed from all the social, political and cultural points in order to eradicate it.

  1. Class differences and challenges

You’ve probably read Jane Austen or at least seen some of the movie adaptations to know how class difference works. Even The Great Gatsby deals with this issue from a different, but equally important point of view. Marriage between rich and poor has so much scrutiny surrounding it that Pandora had a pretty big box where all those evils came from.

Sometimes, the couple or one of the partners, usually the less economically situated one, are forced to sign a prenuptial agreement. This can be the initiator of marital problems and even cause the cancelation of marriage altogether. Here lie many challenges and prejudice that a couple must face in order to have a healthy marriage and keep the family safe.

Popular culture often depicts these relationships either as cautionary tales or true love stories. In reality, the matter is not so easy to fight off and the reputation follows some couples throughout their marriage. This issue is, thus, resolved, with firm attitude rather than constant justifying oneself to everyone, and as an underlying stressor, it’s an ever-present challenge for the couple.

  1. Educational backgrounds and careers

Love is blind, they say, but for how long? This is a fitting question that perfectly fits the challenges of a marriage between two people with different educational backgrounds. Some even didn’t see this as a challenge until women were given the same opportunity at education as men.

Just remember Mad Men TV show for the easiest reference and women there being perfect housewives, while men did all the important work. Nowadays, the society may have allowed women to have the education they rightfully deserve, but not that Mad Men ideal of perfect marriage is hard to destroy. But the things swing the other way as well, so this educational gap is not only the gender issue anymore.

The lack of communication in marriage and understanding from a partner are often the causes of discord. While some tend to put in the effort to understand each other completely, others forget about it and it turns into an issue fast. However, the true way of dealing with this is for partners to include one another in each other’s lives, and not feed the monster.

  1. Overcoming legal issues

The main legal issue when it comes to intercultural marriage is visa and citizenship for one of the partners. Every country has its own set of laws and regulations governing this field and some are really complex to handle by yourself, like the UK’s or Australia’s. Therefore, hiring immigration solicitors is necessary to complete the paperwork and avoid serious repercussions such as deportation.

Of course, every couple entering into an intercultural marriage is aware of this issue when one is not the citizen of the other’s country. If prepared for this bureaucratic entanglement in time, couples won’t even feel this period in their lives. Otherwise, the problems arising from untimely tackling of this issue can lead to serious legal consequences and divorce.

  1. Statistics show a high divorce rate

Couples today face the fact that the divorce rate is high. In a way, if a marriage doesn’t work than it’s right to get the divorce. However, doing your best to overcome the problems should be the first course of action and not calling it quits. Intercultural marriages have a high divorce rate and that is why they need more work and attention.

Different religious backgrounds can be overcome with one partner accepting the religion of the other. Certain customs can undergo small changes to fit both partners, while different cultural backgrounds carry diverse behaviors and perspectives. So, while high divorce rate of these marriages may speak against them, couples shouldn’t focus on that but on methods to overcome these problems and love each other.

In the end

Every relationship is a challenge and needs work to succeed. Intercultural marriage is a perfect example of what a relationship between two people needs to endure and how much we have to further evolve to be worthy of the stars.

7 Valid Reasons To Walk Away From A Long-Term Relationship

Breaking up with the person you love hurts like hell, especially if you’ve been together for a couple of years.

You’ve built your world around each other. You’ve made a lot of good and memories over the years and shared unforgettable experiences. You’ve faced many trials together and surpassed them out of love. It’s such a waste to end such a long and meaningful relationship and start over again.

But there are battles you cannot win over no matter how much you love the person. It’s when the relationship becomes toxic and draining to the point it’s not worth fighting for anymore.

Let’s not talk about the petty arguments about laziness, or small incompatibilities like introverted and extroverted personalities – you can work them out. But there are some circumstances which are extremely difficult or even impossible to resolve. These events tell you that it’s the end of the road. You have no choice but to give it up because you’ll destroy each other eventually if you choose to stay.

You may assume your long-time partner is the one. But if you’re still unmarried and you spot these red flags, it would be better rethink your relationship before the problem becomes unbearably damaging during your marriage.

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Happy & Healthy Marriage Advice Every Couple Should Use

Tying the knot is easy, it’s staying married that is the tricky part.

In order to be successful, you and your spouse must learn to compromise, respect each other, and communicate. Don’t let yourself forget how important your partner is to you.

If you want to have a happy, successful married life, then read on and learn the 10 best tips for a healthy marriage that every couple should be following.

  1. Always Put in the Effort

Getting married shouldn’t mean that end of dating – each other, obviously!

Putting in the effort to schedule a fun, sexy, or romantic date night is all about making your partner feeling loved, adored, and desired. These are important aspects of any healthy marriage.

Studies reveal other benefits of date night as well, such as heightened sexual and emotional intimacy, boredom prevention, and deeper communication.

  1. Build Lasting Trust

Trust is one of the most important parts of any healthy marriage.

Your partner should be the person you can tell your deepest secrets to without every worrying that they will judge you or share your stories with anyone else. Trust also means living with confidence that your spouse would never do anything to betray you nor you them.

  1. Play Like Friends

In a study about what makes a marriage last, treating a spouse like a best friend rated as one of the biggest indicators of success. Research also indicates that couples who laugh together regularly are more likely to stay together than those who do not.

Your best friend is the first person you think to call when something exciting happens. They are the person you want to go to concerts with, the person you trust, and the person who can always make you laugh. So, why shouldn’t this person be your spouse?

  1. Don’t Expect Perfection

Part of having a healthy married life is about having realistic expectations about your partner and loving them for who they are, not who you wish they would become.

People naturally mature as they grow older. They grow and change in various ways. Perhaps they even quit bad habits such as smoking or staying up all hours of the night. Your spouse may change their opinion about getting a pet, decide they actually do want kids, or may even change careers after marriage.

But, those are their own decisions. While you have every right to weigh in, offer you opinion, and give support as a spouse – thinking that you can be the cause of change in your partner is a fruitless challenge that will only leave you shaking your head.

  1. Maintain Your Sex Life

Sex is arguably the biggest way in which couples bond both emotionally and physically. The oxytocin released during intercourse is largely responsible for stress-reduction, mood elevation, and is the biggest predictor in heightened emotional intimacy in married couples.

An active sex life also promotes bonding, and is scientifically shown to deepen trust.

Plus, it’s fun.

  1. Pursue Separate Interests

Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you always have the same interests. It is just as important to pursue separate interests as is it to share hobbies and goals.

Maintaining solo hobbies and social lives will help each spouse hang onto their sense of self outside the relationship. In turn, this confidence will strengthen the marriage bond.

  1. Do New Things Together

According to twentieth century philosopher Rudolf Steiner, people change their opinions and interests every seven years. So, if the changing of body and mind is inevitable, do your utmost to ensure you and your spouse are changing and growing in the same direction.

One way you can do this is by sharing new things together. Take up a class, instrument, language, or start a new hobby like exercising or photography. By taking up these challenges together, you’ll be able to deepen the connection in your married life.

  1. Be Partners

Your spouse is not simply the person you married, they are your partner. By marrying them it means that you have entered into a partnership, so always treat it like one. Decisions are made together, issues are talked about respectfully, and each spouse’s feelings, thoughts, and opinions are to be treated with care.

Just like in a business, you and your spouse are working toward the same goal together in order to profit your relationship.

  1. Learn to Compromise

This step may be difficult for those who are used to getting what they want. But, being in a marriage means melding two different lives together. As with any couple, this is bound to cause you two to butt heads every once in a while. This is where the art of compromise comes in.

Marrying the love of your life means everything isn’t always about you anymore. You are building a family together as partners, not enemies. Learn to pick your battles. Decide what is important to you and what isn’t worth your instance.

  1. Don’t Go to Bed Angry

This age-old advice had been around for decades for a reason. Going to bed angry is a hurtful thing to do to both partners. You’ll end up losing sleep, hurting your spouse for your lack of communication and understanding, and be hurting your brain in the process. Literally.

Studies prove that by going to bed angry, you are actually encouraging your brain to hold onto negative emotions that will be harder to get rid of then if you had simply called a truce before bed.

Sure, there are some issues that could be put on hold until morning, but you should always strive to kiss and make up before bedtime.

Being married is a rewarding adventure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t bumps along the way. By following these 10 tips, you’ll be setting yourself up for a healthy marriage for years to come.

Moving In Together? Here’s Everything You Need To Talk About Before The Big Day

If you’ve been seeing your significant other for a while and all is well in your relationship, the next step may involve living together. In the UK, more people than ever are cohabiting before getting married, and a survey has revealed that living in a couple is the most popular living arrangement for those aged 16 and over. Moving in together may be one of the best ways to strengthen your bond, and it could potentially be a financially sound move. However, living together presents a few challenges, both relationship and money-wise, and there are things that you and your partner need to consider before the big day. To keep the love alive and to ensure that all goes well between you and your SO, here’s everything you need to talk about before moving in.

When should you move in?

Is there such a thing as the right time to start living together? In a Bridebook poll in 2017 which involved 4,000 British couples, it was revealed that the average couple dated for 17 months before moving in together. Bridebook’s founder, Hamish Shephard, said that the findings indicate that living together before tying the knot can “clearly be very positive steps to finding ‘the one’ and having a fantastic long-lasting marriage.”

Although the survey shows that most pairs wait at least a year before making the next step, identifying the ideal timeline for moving in together can be difficult—each relationship is different, after all. But you can take a good look at your relationship to find cues whether it’s the right time to cohabitate. Experts say that once you and your significant other understand and are willing to live with each other’s habits, then that’s a good sign that you can consider moving in. Being open and comfortable talking about money and finances is also a positive sign.

My place or yours?

Another thing to consider before moving in is where you’ll live. Should your partner move into your place, or should you be the one to relocate? When it comes to sharing a place, ultimately, the best thing that you and your SO could do is look for the best option that would make sense for your lifestyle and budget. For instance, if your partner owns a home and you’re renting, then it may be better for you to move into your loved one’s place. However, if your place is located near you and your SO’s respective places of work, then it may make more sense for your partner to move into your flat.

There’s also a matter of space—who currently lives in a place that can comfortably accommodate two adults? If you have the bigger home and the extra closet space, then your partner may want to move into your place. As for buying a new home together, it may be prudent to hold off on investing in a shared property until you decide to get married. Not only will it be less complicated, but it saves both of you from the trouble and heartache of dividing possessions and the home should the relationship not work out in the end.

My aesthetic vs your style

If you and your partner share the same taste in interior design, then you may skip this part. But if your SO prefers a traditional style while you lean towards an edgy and modern aesthetic, then you may have to sit down and talk about how you can compromise on this matter. A home should reflect both of your sensibilities, so finding out how to combine the best of both worlds is your best bet so both of you can enjoy and appreciate the decor. The best thing that you can do is to hire a professional interior designer who can successfully put together elements from each of your preferred styles. If money is a little tight, make a project out of it with your partner and learn to compromise and find a balance. This means that if your partner wants traditional furniture in the living room, then you can have an edgy and sleek fireplace and a state-of-the-art home entertainment system in the same space.

Having “the talk”

Talking about finances and paying bills may not be the most romantic things that you can do with your partner. You may not even look forward to having the money talk with your loved one as it can get awkward or uncomfortable. However, it’s one of the most important things that you should do to have a healthy relationship. Experts say that being honest and open about your finances can improve the trust and quality  in your relationship. Moreover, it reduces the chances of having big financial problems in the future.

So how do you have “the talk” with your partner? The first thing is to determine your household expenses. This may involve rent, association dues, utilities, and groceries. Some people think that splitting the cost evenly is the right thing to do, however, this only works if you and your partner are earning the same—or close to the same—amount of money on a regular basis. If your partner is earning considerably less than you, then it may be difficult for your SO to pay their half. If this is the case, you can cover the bigger expenses, such as the rent, electricity, and water bill, then perhaps your partner can cover the groceries and the cost of your cable or Internet.

For personal expenses such as clothes, salon visits, and haircuts, each of you should be responsible for this and take care of your respective purchases. Also, don’t expect your partner to pay your credit card bills or insurance—you should take care of that on your own, the same way you always had before moving in.

Keeping the romance alive while living together

Living together makes you privy to all your partner’s habits and quirks, and you may discover something new each day about each other. But even though you’re living in the same space, it’s crucial to keep the spark alive to ensure a happy relationship. Make quality time for each other—remember that living together doesn’t mean that you’re spending lots of time together every day. Continue to go on date nights and flirt with each other. If it’s been a tough month, by all means, stay in, but make your meal a romantic one by lighting candles and playing soft music. Going the extra mile even though you’re living together is always worth it if you’re doing it for the person you love.

By being open, honest, and having the willingness to compromise, you and your partner can have a happy relationship while living under the same roof. As time goes by, there may be ups and downs as you continue to discover new things about each other, but be reminded that no matter what, it’s the love—and not the house—that binds you together.

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9 Reasons to Have a Beach Wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful country with a fascinating heritage, sublime beaches, gorgeous architecture, stunning topography, and smiling people. It is a holiday destination that never ceases to dazzle or amaze. Consequently, the number of luxurious venues, both hotels, and private villas, is growing exponentially. Koh Samui, in particular, attracts a lot of couples planning a destination wedding in Thailand. From its white sand beaches to sparkling green seas and picturesque backdrops, there are endless reasons why the island is Thailand’s best beach wedding destination. Here are nine to start with.

 

  1. Breathtaking Beaches

Koh Samui is a fabulous beach wedding destination thanks to its 25 km of glorious coastline. Its beaches are famous for their fine white sands and crystal-clear waters. Some are often lined with lounging tourists but plenty isn’t. You can host a Thailand beach wedding at one of the quieter spots that feature secluded coves and hidden beaches. Some less crowded beaches to consider include Bang Tao, Choeng Mon, Laem Singh, and Nai Thon beach. After exchanging vows, you can hop on a traditional longtail boat for a photo shoot as you explore the little coves.

 

2. Affordable Prices

 

The cost of a wedding in Samui Island is quite affordable compared to other popular wedding destinations. For instance, the average cost of a wedding in Koh Samui (with 30 guests) is £900 while the cost of hosting an average wedding in the UK is £30,355. However, it is important to mention that the cost of a wedding in Koh Samui varies depending on the type of hotel that’s planning your wedding – five, four or three star – and the time of the year – low season or high season.

 

Most resorts at the island offer wedding packages that include reception setup, wedding cake, drinks, plated dinner, discounted accommodation and a photographer.

 

3. Delicious Food

You and your guests may be partial to Pad Thai, but you have no idea of the diversity of Thai cuisine. When getting married in Thailand, you’ll be dazzled by the food options available on this gorgeous island. Expect dishes like mango sticky rice, Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry), Massaman and Panang curries, papaya salad, soured pork sausage, and laab (minced pork salad) just to name a few.

 

Luxury hotels will also have an international chef serving Western food just in case you have guests who are not into Thai food.

 

4. Tropical Climate

 

Being a tropical climate zone, the sun at the island shines bright and strong and the temperature remains relatively constant (hot) year-round. Additionally, the island is frost-free making it a perfect wedding destination. You and your guests can celebrate on the beach, enjoy cocktails in the sunshine and dine under the stars.

 

While the climate in tropical zones is characterized by hot and dry days, the island also experiences occasional heavy rains. Therefore, if you’re getting married in Koh Samui, be sure to visit the island when the weather is favourable.

 

5. The Adventures

There are lots of awesome activities you can do the day after your wedding day. You and your guests can choose to sail along the coast or trek into the island’s jungle-clad mountains. Rock climbing, white-water rafting, bike riding, and zip lining are other great ways to explore the stunning island. If you want to explore the coast further, be sure to go snorkelling, kitesurfing, sea walking, stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking.

 

6. Rich in Culture

 

The fabulous culture of Thailand is intriguing and overwhelmingly rich. You can choose to have a theme for your wedding that mimic’s the Thai culture. You get an opportunity to celebrate your special day uniquely. The universal language of love allows you to incorporate romantic love songs for the ceremony. The lively Thai music, as well as their traditional attire, are sure to make your ceremony warm and welcoming.

 

7. Honeymoon paradise

 

When you have your wedding at the beach, you can also choose to have your honeymoon in Koh Samui so that you spend less time travelling and more quality time with your spouse. There are exquisite honeymoon destinations in Koh Samui that will interest you. Consider having your wedding at the beach and then hiding away in a peaceful destination for your honeymoon. Many secluded beaches host couples for their honeymoon.

 

8. Excellent Service From the Thai

Book yourself and your spouse into a luxurious hotel and enjoy room service as you spend quality time together. If the nightlife interests you, there are endless establishments in Koh Samui that have good music and amazing cocktails. The locals in Koh Samui will freely suggest beautiful wedding sites to hold your ceremony. You will be warmly welcomed by friendly residents who are known to be good for foreigners. Since you are allowed a thirty day stay as a foreigner, you get the opportunity to interact with new people.

 

9. Family Friendly Wedding Venues

 

Beaches in Koh Samui are neutral grounds that allow you to accommodate adults and children alike. The clean environment is favourable, and you can choose to hold your wedding at a private beach so that you enjoy tranquillity. There are many luxurious hotels around the major beaches in Koh Samui that have affordable rates. You can accommodate everyone comfortably while the wedding plans proceed.

 

Koh Samui is a top destination for a beach wedding. Its dazzling beaches, azure sky, fabulous food, and perfect weather will make your wedding truly extraordinary.

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