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Signs You Need to Cut Ties with Your Relationship

Relationships can be an exhausting yet exhilarating piece of our lives. Break-ups and make-ups are a part of life, and in the future, you’ll be able to look back and say you learned from them. Through the ups and downs, however, it can be hard to decide when to hold on and when to let go of someone. As sensitive human beings, we like to spare others’ feelings and avoid conflict which can lead to us staying in toxic or unhealthy relationships. Here are some signs that your relationship is not healthy and you might be better off separating from your partner.

Your health is suffering

Sometimes at the end of a relationship, we don’t realize the toll that it has taken on our mental or physical health. Continuous arguing or tension with your partner can elicit several symptoms of stress like hair loss or insomnia. You can minimize some of these effects of stress with a hair loss treatment or natural sleep aids, or by seeking advice from a medical professional. While medications are viable solutions for these symptoms, you should perceive these as signs of some weakness in your relationship that needs to be addressed and followed up with therapy or counseling.

Your relationship with your family is affected

A common signal of an unhealthy relationship is when your family or loved ones disapprove of the relationship. While you shouldn’t make decisions about your relationship solely based upon the opinions of others, when the whole family does not approve, it can be very telling. If your relationship or your partner is driving a wedge between you and your loved ones, it’s time to cut ties. If your partner gets angry, upset, or jealous when you want to spend time with someone besides them, or verbalizes their blatant dislike of your family, that is not healthy behavior and could mean it’s time to break up.

There is a lack of communication

Communication is known to be one of the keys to a healthy relationship, and when that communication starts to fade away, it can be detrimental. If you or your partner are neglecting to express your feelings or needs, there’s a chance that it’s a major contributor to your unhappiness. There are little ways to improve communication with your partner every day, like asking them questions, listening to them, and expressing your appreciation. However, if you see little improvement after a lot of effort, you might find that you might communicate better with someone else.

There’s a mutual sense of unhappiness

Most healthy relationships go through rough patches; however, when your happiness is sacrificed, your relationship has likely reached an unhealthy point. Oftentimes, couples experience hardships that they can’t get past, but continue to hold onto their relationship. Some ways to tell you’re unhappy include not feeling good enough, finding everyday tasks meaningless, and feeling like you don’t belong. When you start to notice that you’re unhappy the majority of the time you spend with your partner, consider moving on.

You’re thinking about someone else

Amidst the tension or obstacles that you and your partner may be facing, you might find yourself thinking about what might have become of a past relationship. This is not something to feel bad about because you’re only human, but there could be a deeper meaning to dreaming about a past relationship with someone else. This is a clear indication that you are in a troubled relationship. If you’re thinking about someone other than your significant other, it’s time to reevaluate your existing relationship and get to the root of the problem.

You have different values

As you’re developing a relationship with someone, it can take a while for you to get to know them. You learn about their personality, their future goals, and their outlook on life. Upon these new conversations, you might find that your partner has different values or doesn’t want the same things as you. If you’re looking to get married and have children but find out your partner doesn’t believe in marriage, there is nothing wrong with deciding not to spend any more time with that person. It can be not only healthy, but also fun to look for new people who have the same values as you, so don’t be afraid to end the relationship and seek a partner who is compatible with your personality

Others are encouraging you to end your relationship

It’s one thing if your family doesn’t approve of your relationship, but when your family and friends are vocal about their concern for your relationship, it can be a tough pill to swallow. However, sometimes the people that are closest to us have better judgment than we think. As hard as it may seem, an outside perspective can be really beneficial when making a decision, especially from one who has your best interest at heart. Despite the urge to disregard anyone’s perception of your relationship, take input from your loved ones when you are unsure of what you should do.

There are signs of physical or emotional abuse

Physical or emotional abuse from a partner can be very difficult to identify. Physical abuse can come in many different forms, like restraining, shoving, or reckless driving. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, can present as anything from insults to intimidation to financial dependence. Abuse of any kind is grounds for terminating a relationship, so it’s critical to recognize signs early on for your own safety. If you’re a victim of domestic violence and are looking to get out of your relationship or simply need advice, try a resource hotline for domestic assault.

Though it can be one of the hardest decisions to make in life, cutting ties with your relationship could be exactly what you need to do to improve your overall well-being. When you’re with someone you love, it can be so much harder to recognize patterns of unhealthy behaviors.  This is why it’s so important to listen to your loved ones when something seems off and to take a step back and reevaluate whether or not you should be in this relationship.

However, remember that there are very few relationship problems that can’t be solved. There are ample ways to improve your relationship once you can address the issue. If you both, as a couple, cannot seem to solve your problems on your own, seek advice from a couple’s therapist, because if you really believe you are with the right person, it deserves all the effort necessary to salvage your relationship.

Getting Ready for The Wedding: Groom Edition

Weddings often tend to focus on the bride. Most women have been dreaming of their ideal wedding since their childhood, so it is easy for them to take complete control over the wedding planning process. With the bride often having strong opinions on the colors, decor, and even the invitations, it can be hard for the groom to feel like he is an important part of the planning or the wedding. The bride is also tasked with hiring professionals to help with her hair and makeup. Now, grooms, you may think that you don’t have a lot of involvement in perfecting your look for the big day. While you may not enlist the help of professionals you should be taking the necessary steps to prepare yourself to look and feel your best!

While your bride is completely immersed in the wedding planning, take this time to pamper yourself and get ready for your big day! Here is a wedding preparation timeline for the grooms out there:

Diet and Exercise

4-5 months before

We talk a lot about how the bride wants to look her best on the big day, but what about the groom? As the groom, you often don’t feel as much pressure to reach a level of looking perfect before the wedding. That doesn’t mean that you can’t start to think about how you want to look and feel on your big day! If you know that you would like to start taking steps toward being healthier, then you should start 4-5 months before the wedding date!

Begin to prioritize eating healthy and exercising regularly. If you don’t know where to begin, consult a personal trainer or look for work out guides online. With the time it takes to plan a wedding, you may have to schedule time during your day to make this a priority. This could mean getting up early or putting a hobby on pause during the months before the big day. Make prioritizing your health a couple’s activity that you can do with your bride-to-be. The stress of wedding planning is very real so taking the time to grocery shop together, cook together, and exercise can provide a break. By taking on a healthy goal together, your bond as a couple will grow and you’ll feel so accomplished!

The Suit or Tux?

3 months before ~ 2 weeks before

As you know, the wedding dress is extremely important! Your bride has likely been thinking about the style, the color, and the shoes since you started getting serious. As the groom, you may be thinking that your attire is an afterthought. This is simply not true! You deserve to feel handsome in your suit or tuxedo. Most grooms opt for a black suit with accents, like a boutonniere or pocket square, that matches the wedding’s color scheme. You can make a suit more formal by adding a vest or tie. If you love to add a pop of color, get yourself a cool pair of socks. Every groom should ask their fiancee if she has any expectations about the suit ensemble!

Grooms (and groomsmen) should try on their ensembles three months before the wedding. And if you’ve been actively working on your health, you will want to get a fitting two weeks before the big day! This will give you and your tailor time to make any necessary adjustments without feeling like you’re rushing against the clock! If you’re at a loss for what is appropriate for your wedding, then consider the following things: venue, time of year, and dress code. These three things will help guide your decision! Your venue and dress code often go hand in hand. For instance, your dress code will not be casual if you booked a country club ballroom. The time of year can also affect what you and your guests will wear. If your wedding date in on a hot summer day, your guests will likely be dressed more casually.

New Skin Care Routine

3 months before

Your wedding photos will be a memory that you’ll look at for years after the big day. Of course, the photographer will retouch all of the pictures, but having great skin will help you feel confident and handsome. By starting a skincare routine three months in advance, you give your skin time to become radiant and healthy.

You don’t have to have an intricate 5 step process, but being mindful of how you treat your skin on a daily basis will do wonders. Keeping it simple will help you maintain the new routine. Unless you have serious skin concerns, then cleansing and moisturizing should be your main goals! You should wash your face twice a day- morning and night- and rinse your face after you’ve been sweating heavily. If you have dry or irritated skin, find a hypoallergenic moisturizer to apply after washing your face. When shaving, pair a brand new razor with shaving cream and post-shave balm to calm your skin. Remember razors should be replaced after six to eight shaves to reduce irritation and the possibility of cutting yourself as you shave. When your wedding day arrives, your skin will thank you for all the love and care!

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Staying In For Date Night – And Doing It Right

Married couples who dedicate a date night together once a week are reportedly much happier in their relationship than those who don’t consider it so much of a priority. It is also reported that couples who prioritise date nights (and don’t talk about finances when they’re out) have a healthier and more substantive sex life. Therefore, when aiming to break up the mundane, how you spend your date night should always vary. Going for a bike ride and stopping in the park for a picnic of nice cheeses, crackers and wine on a beautiful day will definitely keep things fresh. Yet it’s also vitally important to mix it up and keep it interesting on the occasional date night in.

 

The Pleasures Of Cooking

 

22% of couples reportedly wish their partners would cook for them more often. When a couple spends quality time in the heart of the home, they’ll often engage in conversation, creating a unique connection that wouldn’t otherwise occur. The greatest triggers for evoking memories are taste and smell, so with a well planned evening, you’re bound to create some memorable experiences. If only one person is cooking and good conversation is stoked, you should learn more about each other than you’d otherwise know. If cooking together, you’ll have the added benefit of sharing your knowledge of cooking with each other.

Touching and sharing throughout will enrich the entire experience. Sampling the ingredients together and asking for input is not only romantic, but shares in the creation of the meal and breaks down boundaries. It’s always important to create an atmosphere of equality. If the dish is a winner and all your senses are satisfied and nourished, you’ll feel more closely connected, experiencing pleasure, and the person you’re cooking for will feel intimately cared for. 87% of couples feel cooking is one of the most relationship-strengthening activities at home. Like any aspect of a relationship, that meal is so much more than the food. It’s everything that builds up to it.

 

Setting The Mood

 

Get the ambience just right. Make sure your home is clean. Bring in some romantic lighting. Light scented candles throughout the room, choosing scents whose aromas will complement the smells of your cooking. Take your time and make the evening last. Keep it interesting. Put on soft romantic music you both like. Set the table nicely, and have an elegant hors-d’oeuvre spread. Consider starting with an appetiser of figs wrapped in prosciutto with a warm croissant and a nice brie. Have a lovely bottle of wine already opened. Treat your partner as if it was your first date and you’re really trying to impress. While cooking, stir up an interesting conversation. Share funny stories or experiences they might never have heard before, and they’ll likely reciprocate. You’ll learn more about each other. Find a fun or spicy trivia site online, and play some two-person trivia. The winner wins a backrub or a foot massage.

 

Plan Out Your Intermission

 

Once your cooking is at a good stopping point and everything is prepared, take a break and go for a brief walk through the neighbourhood. Watch the sunset together, and get your blood moving. Come back and share with your partner that art book you love that they’ve never seen. Or read that romantic poem you know. Whip up some truffle oil popcorn and watch a movie. Consider a documentary that’ll stir up conversation and get you both exchanging ideas. Or listen to a podcast or old time radio mystery. Both of these ideas are good for being able to pause, allowing you some snuggle time and physical interaction. Don’t be in a rush. The whole idea is spending quality time together so as every aspect of your relationship feels nourished.

 

The Decadent Main Course And The Joy Of Dessert

 

When it’s finally time for dinner, surprise your partner with steamed artichokes with a garlic goat-butter dipping sauce with a sprinkle of saffron on the top, and oysters on the side. Nothing’s better at breaking through barriers or inhibitions then indulging in sexy, messy food that forces you to take it slow and enjoy all the dish has to offer. After dinner, dive into ripe halved pomegranates and a plate of rich broken chocolate. Chocolate contains the same chemicals that your brain creates to induce a feeling of falling in love, and thereby triggers the release of endorphins. 

After your messy dinner and dessert, finish off the evening bathing together in a sparkling clean tub. Turn the lights off, and fill the bathroom with scented candles to keep that romantic atmosphere going. Nearly half of British couples spend more time together in the bath for conversation and catching up than over dinner. All the more reason to break up the routine and create some intimate memories that go beyond the everyday mundane. Share in intimate conversation with your partner. Keep learning, and keep asking, and keep sharing. In every regard, there should be consistency in showing that you care.

 

It’s no secret that couples have a strong need to understand one another and be understood. Casting any mind reading aside, certain things should be fairly obvious. Not taking your partner for granted and not being self-centric is a pretty basic start. Remember, everyone’s favourite subject is themselves. Focus on your partner’s favourite subject. Getting to know someone for the first time isn’t hard. The getting-to-know-you questions are simple, and it’s easy to feel as if you’re standing on firm ground. But once you’ve been in a relationship with someone for a while, you have to realise that there’s an entire universe within that person. Making an effort to continue to explore the depths of your partner will lead to opening new doors between you, and encourage continual growth together. This should be what every date night boils down to, from the very first date to this next Friday night.

Why is Cruising an Ideal Way to Fan the Flames of Love?

Sexual attraction between couples is heightened when they do something different, exciting, adrenaline-inducing, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This suggests that couples can benefit from travelling in a way that is different from the norm and when it comes to adventure and romance, few means of travel beat cruising. New destinations and styles of voyage mean that cruising is no longer marketed exclusively at well-to-do retirees with unlimited time on their hands. Today, cruising can involve destinations to wild jungles, pristine islands, or snake-like fjords that appeal to adventure-loving couples wishing to reconnect and rekindle the sparks of romance. Read on and discover the many features that make a sea voyage such an ideal choice when it comes to bonding with your spouse or partner.

A Night Out, Every Night

How often do you get to go to an elegant dinner with your partner – one in which you can both get dolled up to the nines, enjoy a five-course meal, and dance to live music afterwards? Cruising differs from air travel in this respect; it is an invitation to enjoy a meal out every evening, and to impress your partner while doing so. You might be surprised at some of the many shows you can enjoy on a cruise – everything from Shakespearean plays to rock shows, and hit musicals like Mamma Mia!.

Onboard Couples Spa Experiences

Many sea voyages catered for couples offer treatments meant to be enjoyed by couples together. Imagine enjoying a hot stone massage, soothing Swedish massage, or gentle anti-ageing facial, with your partner at your side. These liners have couples therapy rooms, where you can enjoy everything from acupuncture to a dip in a relaxing whirlpool. As noted in a study published in the Journal of Happiness, vacation has a profound effect on stress, enabling you to sleep better and create better resilience so you can buffer future stress when we return to work. Opting for spa treatments cuts to the chase, directly addressing tension and pain in muscles and tissues. The result is a more relaxed state – one which is more conducive when it comes to getting ‘in the mood for love’.

Cutting Down on Anxiety

Once you board your cruise ship, you can pretty much begin to unwind. All-inclusive meals, exotic cocktails, and excellent wine highlight the holiday aspect of your time off, and you can save yourselves from the anxiety of airport changes, flight transfers, and delays. Everything is taken care of – including transport to and from your ports of call, and city and adventure breaks alike are pre-planned and organised. The plethora of onboard and port activities allow you to travel at your own pace. Athletic couples and city slickers will probably be out and about at different ports almost daily, while those who simply want to chill out can take advantage of an empty ship and stay in, visiting the spa or simply lounging by the pool or taking part in onboard yoga, Tai Chi, surfing, or aerobics sessions.

Ships to Opt For

If you have decided that a cruise is right for you, then do your research beforehand to find liners that specialize in couples-centred voyages. The Caribbean Princess is home to the gorgeous Lotus Spa – with a host of couple-focused treatments – and a stunning Piazza that will make you and your lover feel like you are strolling through a quaint European village. Norwegian Bliss, meanwhile, offers al fresco dining on deck, and a luxury spa overlooking the ocean. Check out what different liners have to offer. Features such as on-deck gardens, Jacuzzis, and child-free areas are ideal. If you are bringing your children with you, there should be a plethora of kids activities and clubs on board – these areas are run by qualified personnel who will ensure your children are safe and well attended to.

Destinations that  Put You in a Romantic Mood

Romance is what you make of it. When you are in love, simply being away – without any distractions pulling your attention in opposite directions – is more than enough. Still, it cannot be denied that some destinations have a romantic ‘pull’ that makes it far easier to enjoy ‘that loving feeling’. One of the most popular is Bora Bora, where over-the-water bungalows, crystalline waters, and a plethora of gorgeous sealife vie for your attention. The Caribbean islands are another revered spot for lovers. Think Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, or St Barts. The Caribbean has married its reputation as an island getaway with top-notch service and luxurious resorts that are literally worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. In Asia, islands like Palawan in the Philippines offer small, same-day island tours in which you can discover mysterious coves, swim with turtles and schools of fish swimming by, and  enjoy the wonderful local cuisine. There is something about the feeling of warm sand beneath your feet that instantly connects you to the world outside but also instills a sensation of stillness and peace that allows you to truly comprehend how much your partner means to you.

When it comes to romantic travel, a short weekend away is wonderful, but a cruise is the stuff eternal memories are made of. The excitement of it all brings you closer to your partners, and the idea of visiting so many places in a relatively small amount of time, undoubtedly stimulates the mind and the senses. Cruises are specialised in relaxation, with top cruise liners boasting luxurious spas where voyagers can enjoy soothing massages and relaxing treatments, as well as soak up the benefits of whirlpool immersion. When you’re on a cruise, everything is prepared for you – from your bed to the cuisine. You won’t need to worry about booking tickets to the theatre in advance, either. Cruise liners offer a wealth of different types of entertainment – from red-hot musicals to soul-soothing jazz and blues. If you do take a cruise, make the most of it and enjoy the many activities offered both on- and off-board. Don’t forget to capture the moments on film, either. These shots will serve as a fabulous reminder of what is in store the next time you take to the seas with the love of your life.

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Top 20 Best Blogs for Marriage & Relationships

Whether you’re dating, engaged, or have been married longer than you were ever single, every couple will benefit when they put time, energy, and love into their relationship. That’s why we have scoured the internet looking for the best blogs on marriage and relationships to help you have the best love life possible.

We have picks from young couples, marriages with a Christian background, sexy advice blogs, licensed marriage therapists and more. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ve found it all!

Without further ado, here are 20 of the best blogs about marriage and relationships that are sure to keep your love life happy, healthy, and right on track.

  1. The Dating Divas

This website and blog focus on date night ideas, features freebies and printable activities for couples to share, hosts a marriage seminar, and helps couples’ bond closer together. There are so many benefits to having a regular date night with your spouse, and the dating divas are “saving marriages, one date at a time.”

  1. Marriage.com

Could the title be any clearer? This website focuses on all things marriage and relationships. Couples will find a myriad of helpful articles on dating, marriage, relationship troubles, couple entrepreneurship, and parenting to help them live their best life possible.

  1. Stay Married

It’s no secret that marriage isn’t always easy! Stay Married is a relationship-strengthening blog that contains resources for couples who want to stay married for the long haul. This blog has both helpful marriage articles and a relationship podcast.

  1. The Gottman Institute Blog

Relationship researchers may already be familiar with Dr. Gottman’s method of strengthening marriage through therapy based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. This researched-based blog talks about everything from renewing your vows to taking control of jealousy. This blog is definitely worth the read.

  1. Black and Married with Kids

This blog is the largest independent African American website about marriage and parenting available online. Run by Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, the two share the struggles and joys of maintaining a healthy marriage while parenting.

 

 

  1. Emotional Affair Journey

Infidelity, whether emotional or physical, is a huge part of why relationships fail. With the tagline “Follow our journey as we save our marriage after an emotional affair”, this is one marriage that doesn’t shy away from real problems in marriage.

  1. Lovepanky

Lovepanky boasts themselves as “Your guide to better love and relationships” and focuses on articles about sex, marriage, engagement, and keeping that spark alive.

  1. Married and Naked

From dealing with a partner who has a low sex drive to summer date night ideas, this advice website doesn’t shy away from married couples most asked questions!

  1. A Prioritized Marriage

A prioritized marriage reminds couples why it’s important to make their marriage their number one in life. This website has great articles that can bring couples closer together, such as couples bucket lists, marriage advice for newlyweds and more.

  1. Marriage Laboratory

First inspired by her sadness at seeing all the unhappy marriages around her, Celeste launched a blog called “A Thing Called Love” which has now turned into a Marriage Laboratory. This is a fun website that boasts itself as being “Love experiments for busy couples” and caters to the working couple looking to spend a little more quality time together.

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  1. Married and Young

Married and Young is a blog that speaks from the perspective of married Christian couple Jamal and Natasha Miller. They share advice with couples and singles about marriage, dating, and getting engaged.

 

  1. Love Truthfully

This website speaks to wives from the perspective of a newlywed and offers advice on sex, romance, pregnancy, couple’s travel and more.

  1. ADHD Marriage

Do you ever feel like you and your spouse simply cannot pay attention to each other? If so, this blog is for you. Melissa Orlov and Dr. Ned Hallowell share advice with couples about how to remain happy when one partner in the marriage has ADHD.

  1. Love and Marriage Blog

This blog began when its writer, Liz, got engaged to her now-husband. This blog is still going strong and details the everyday life of a working mother and parent.

  1. Marriage Confessions

This blog follows the realistic life of married wife Katie and Chris. They discuss everything from life and love, to what couples need to do when they stop actively listening to one another.

  1. Cosmopolitan

Could any list be complete without mentioning the fabulous Cosmopolitan magazine? This online mag is a one-stop shop for all thing’s marriage and relationships. From dating disaster stories, wedding planning, marital bliss, and an array of titillating and helpful sex advice, Cosmo has it all.

  1. Hot, Holy, Humorous

This online blog covers all things “Sex and Marriage by God’s Design”. Base on their tagline, this blog focuses on how to make Christian marriages thrive and explains the benefits that couples worship can have on a marriage.

  1. Marriage 365

Marriage 365 is a blog that covers serious topics about marriage. From learning how to deal with a self-centered spouse to providing practical tools and resources to create a connection with a partner, this website is truly devoted to helping couples.

  1. To Love, Honor, & Vacuum

From conflict resolution to intimacy, preparing for marriage to keeping the romance alive, To Love, Honor, & Vacuum is a blog dedicated to all things marriage. This website also offers couple’s fun online courses about how to deepen emotional intimacy and how to boost your libido for a healthier marriage.

  1. Refine Us

This website is run by Christian couple Justine and Trisha Davis and helps couples to recognize warning signs to look out for in marriage. This couple stresses on the need for honesty and transparency in marriage and have even written a book devoted to helping couples worldwide.

Are there any couples out there who couldn’t benefit from a little refining? Couples can benefit tremendously from reading the advice found at any one of these fantastic marriage and relationship blogs.

 

 

Guess What? Cuddling Can Solve Your Intimacy Problems With Your Partner.

Cuddle is an effective way to increase intimacy

Close physical contact or simple word people call it cuddle. Cuddle is an intimate method where couples put both of their arms around their partner and hold them in a very loving way. Usually cuddle is being done in bed or on the couch while watching Netflix or movies (a.k.a. Netflix and chill).

Most people confuse it with hugging, from my experience hugging is more towards for friends and relatives even though it gives the same benefit as cuddle. However, cuddling is more intimate than just a hug and often can lead to sex.

Cuddle is one of the most effective ways to shows affection and to get close with your partner. Cuddle also an alternative way for deeply intimate things to do besides sex. It sounds a bit tedious but just snuggled on the bed or on the couch and share some stories to light up the mood. It’s simple and more intimate than you could ever think.

It can deepen your relationships

To those couples who’s strayed away from their intimacy and need a sprinkle of magic, then cuddle is the simplest ways to increase intimacy.

Couple nowadays having a hard time managing their time for themselves and career become one of the major problems in relationships. Especially in the current fast-paced and ever-changing world. When it comes to working it’s so stressful even when you came home and your job becomes your number one priority. This can take a negative toll on your relationship.

Instead of initiate your partner wanting to have sex, cuddle is one of the ways that can break you away from this stressful life. Cuddle also can deepen your relationships by sharing each other days and what has been stressing them in their daily life. This event can turn into a more understanding relationship and a long-lasting relationship.

It brings lot’s of benefit

The release of oxytocin (love hormone) not only can increase your intimacy it also can strengthen your trust and relationships. Other than that, this love hormone can reduce stress and anxiety, meaning that it can increases your mental well-being as well. Oxytocin also gives a good vibe for your relationships by stimulates your thinking into a more positive way.

Based on Women Heath, while we curled up in our partner arms, it releases some goods hormone such as dopamine and serotine which it will help to boost up your mood and makes you feel better.

Cuddle can also lead to sex because sex releases the same hormone called oxytocin. According to an Archives Sexual Behaviour, couples who cuddled after sex reported having higher sexual satisfaction and higher relationship satisfaction.

Cuddle can slow heart rate and lower our blood pressure by touching will trigger our nerve to stimulate it. Embrace your loved ones more often it’s good for your health.

Cuddle not only does improve the physical relationship with your partner, but it can also even boost your immune system. According to a study published by Sage Journals, over 400 healthy adults were exposed to a virus that caused the common cold and were monitored by the researchers. Those who received hugs and supports shown less severe sign of the illnesses than those who did not receive it.

In addition to that, cuddle does have an impact on ones with anxiety. According to a report done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, during the act of cuddling or even hand-holding does release a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone has been proven in the lab and the real world to reduce anxiety and stress.

Cuddle can be a great alternative to sex especially to those who have hypertension or high blood pressure as it can reduce blood pressure based on the study published by Biology-Psychology. The release of oxytocin can be linked to lower blood pressure in premenopausal women. Other than that, the heart rate of the participants is lower compared to those who have not been hug or cuddle in the study.

In another study conducted by the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, the group that does not cuddle and do not have a physical interaction have a higher heart rate and have double of the heart reading of the group that cuddle.

Cuddle can be a pain reliever based on the research conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, have discovered a fascinating thing with the cuddle hormone can do. It can reduce the pain and act as a painkiller.

Single? No worries here solutions for you

If you are still single and have no one you can cuddle with you, don’t worry, you can substitute it with a hug. The previous study shows that a hug can have the same benefits as the above mentioned about cuddle and you don’t need a significant other to hug. You can hug your parent, siblings, and friends and you can even hug strangers on the streets.

For those you have social anxiety or don’t have a close friend or don’t have a family (they are deceased or far away), you could cuddle with your pets. According to Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University in Japan as he explained that the participants that cuddle with their pets have increased in oxytocin level.

Conclusion

In today face pace and ever-changing world, it’s easy to sacrifice intimacy and hard to find time to relax and recharge. Cuddling helps you do both and stay connected with your loved ones. Who doesn’t love nestling into their partner arms.

Laying down on your partner chest is one of the best moments you ever had and listening to their heartbeat is one of our favorite sounds. To those who want to spice thing up in their relationship, cuddle is a good starter for it. If cuddle can’t satisfy you there are plenty of ways here alternative ways for you to spice up your love life.

So, what are you waiting for? Hug, snuggle, kiss and stroke every chance you can get with your partner. It’s good for your body and soul.

Tips for Setting Up Your First Home Together After Marriage

Getting married is such a huge deal, but many consider moving into your first home an even bigger affair. Now that you have a place where your love can truly blossom, it’s time to decorate it so that it fits both of your needs and lifestyles. If you need some assistance in that department, here’s a little guide that will help you set up your first home.

Find a good bed 

This is really the most important step. Your bed is where you’ll spend one-third of your life together, so make sure you choose a comfortable type. If you know your partner is an active sleeper, you might also want to opt for a roomier king size bed, so that both of you catch enough Zs. Even if the rest of your place is still an undecorated mess, once you jump into a comfy bed, nothing else will matter!

The bathroom should be next on your list

A house will never feel like home until you can wake up and do your morning bathroom routine with your eyes half closed. Set up your hygiene products and towels so that you can easily reach for them at any time. Don’t stress about arranging everything perfectly. You’ll have plenty of time to find the best setup, but having them near, for now, is all you need.

Cool air, warm love 

Now that you’ve just started your life together, it’s a smart idea to work on your comfort and the health in your shared space. An AC is a must, especially if you live in hot areas like Australia. If you decide to go without an air conditioner, you can expect many sleepless nights and cranky mornings. So, find an agency for quick air conditioning installation in Sydney and put that obstacle behind you right away. The installation is a breeze and you’ll feel so much more comfortable in your space when it’s nice and cool even when the sun is scorching outside.

Personalize the space 

Many people just can’t stand bare white walls and empty shelves when they move into a new home. However, resist the temptation to hit a décor store and fill your space with generic prints, wall hangings and one-dollar trinkets. They might make the place beautiful and stylish, but they will not make your home truly yours. So, instead, start decorating with things that feel very personal to both of you. Think photographs, travel memorabilia and things that you bought together. This way, when you look around your home, you’ll see your life and not something that got torn out from the pages of a design magazine. And, when you eventually get guests, you’ll have plenty of conversation starters that you paid no money for!

Add some accent pieces 

No matter if you opted for a minimalist approach or a more traditional style, every space needs a star. This can be a designer piece of furniture, an attractive area rug or even a wallpapered accent wall! Make sure to allow that one piece to stand out and your guests will truly be swept off their feet as soon as they walk in.

Don’t rush it 

Don’t start arguing over small and unimportant things as soon as you start your life together. Moving and getting used to a new place is stressful in itself, so you don’t need to add tension by quarrelling over decoration. So, as soon as you notice you’ve pushed yourselves too much, stop and take a small break from decoration and decision-making. After you aim your attention towards your partner, you’ll realize that your disagreements about furniture and paintings magically disappeared!

All in all, take your time, be understanding and you’ll not only have a beautiful place but you’ll also enjoy a harmonious life filled with love and support. Congrats, newlyweds!

6 ways to save a relationship before it falls apart

How many failed relationships do you have behind you? Why did they fail? Could any of them be saved? Relationships break all the time. Sometimes it’s difficult to break up, and sometimes we are so sick and tired of everything that a break-up comes as a sort of relief. Still, if you are in a relationship you care about, you probably don’t want it to end. So, what can you do if you’ve hit a rough patch? Here are suggestions.

1. Remind yourselves that your relationship is important

After you’ve been in a relationship for a while, the excitement wears off. Your partner isn’t something new and exciting in your life, but something that’s been around for a while, and is not as thrilling anymore. Your relationship may become a source of frustration, and you may start thinking that it’s simply not worth it. Now is the time to stop and re-evaluate everything. Why do you love your partner? What are some of their great characteristics that make them an important part of your life? Do they make you a better person? Just thinking about this can be enough for you to realize that you’ve been taking them for granted, and gain a fresh perspective on your relationship.

2. Learn to communicate

Communication is one of the most important things in any relationship, romantic or otherwise. You need to be able to clearly say what you want, and what you won’t stand for. That’s the easy part. The tricky part is choosing your words and timing. If you think that your partner drinks too much, don’t say so when they’re already drunk. Wait for them to start thinking clearly once again, and speak to them calmly and rationally about the problem. Do not make the conversation about them, make it about the problem.

3. Make your relationship a priority

You and your partner need to admit that your relationship is facing a difficult period. Once you do, you can consciously make working on it a priority. You can skip your cocktail night with the girl in order to spend a bit more time with your significant other. He doesn’t have to watch the game if you need emotional support because you’re going through a rough patch at work, or having a family crisis. Both of you need to make a conscious effort to rediscover each other as your support system, romantic partner, and best friend.

4. Spend time together

Find some activities you like doing together. Are you both into golf? Head straight to Swing Eagle and get some lessons together. Always wanted to learn a new language? Find a language school and start learning French or Spanish. Find something you both enjoy, and spend some meaningful time together. It will strengthen your bond and it will prevent you from thinking that your time together is spent on just being together, without any other benefit. Don’t overdo it, though. You shouldn’t feel like your significant other is invading every single aspect of your life, which leads us to our next point.

5. Set boundaries

You need to set boundaries. That means telling your partner clearly that you need some time for yourself. You probably don’t want your partner present at every girls’ or boys’ night, and you need to communicate that sentiment clearly. Maybe you just need some me-time, and it is absolutely within your rights to say so. Of course, you need to respect your partner’s boundaries as well. It’s not healthy to let your life revolve around a single person. It makes you feel dependent and weak. You simply need to make a point of having a fulfilled life on your own, and then you can commit to a healthy relationship.

6. Forgive each other

To forgive is to leave all the negative emotions behind and move on. True forgiveness will let you forget the painful memories and focus on the future of your relationship. If you continue to linger on hurtful memories you will only prolong the agony. Achieving a peaceful and harmonious relationship is going to require a lot of hard work and dedication. It is a continuous process and both of you will have to show each other that you care and that you are willing to give it your all.

7. Ask people who have made it

Talk to your friends and family. Ask them if they have ever been through a similar situation. Even though what you are going through might be different, you will still learn a lot from their experience. Every story might give you a different perspective on what ails you and possibly an unique way of saving your relationship. You can also be encouraged by stories of others, once you realize that people whose relationships were in a much worse spot are still living happily together, you might feel that your problems are not as bad as you have initially thought.

8. Have sex

Sex is a very important aspect of a relationship. It is also usually the first thing to disappear if there is something wrong. It brings you and your partner closer, and it makes your bond stronger. Therefore, you need to keep your sex life alive, even when it’s inconvenient. If you have children, let them spend a weekend at their grandparents’ house, so you and your partner can spend some alone time. Find a way to make things work.

9. Show them how much you want this means to you

Be open about your emotions. Don’t close yourself off because this will only make your partner feel more insecure. Openly tell them you love them. This will help you reestablish the trust you lost. Once you become more open about your emotions and your commitment, you`ll come to a point where all the burden you have been carrying is just going to disappear. You will feel more relaxed and more willing to invest even more in your relationship. Also, don`t hesitate to show them love by buying an awesome and unique gift.

Like all things in life, relationships require some work. Some challenges will be more difficult than others and sometimes you will fail to do your part. Never forget that everything is not always perfect, but if you try, you can definitely save your relationship.

 

8 Ways To Stretch Your Budget When Traveling As A Couple

Embarking on an adventure with your significant other is one of the best feelings in the world.

Think about the smooches in unfamiliar destinations, the gastronomic escapades in local markets, and the fun of buying souvenirs. Traveling allows you to discover more not only about the environment but also about yourself and your partner.

Romantic things aside, traveling as a couple can be a huge relationship test. One of the stressful situations you may face is running out of money. To enjoy your trip, you need to have a budget for accommodation, transportation, food, and tours that aren’t cheap.

Knowing how to stretch your budget allows your vacation to last and create more memorable experiences with your partner. Here are 8 ways to make the most of your vacation with your spouse without going broke.

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Don’t Do It Alone: Tips To Get Healthier As A Couple

Living healthier is something we all decide to do at some point, but never actually get to it. It’s one of those decisions that start tomorrow, on Monday, or next year. More often than not, the cause for not being able to change your lifestyle is not having enough support. While you’re dieting or going to the gym, everyone else around you is enjoying their food and going out to have fun. That’s why it’s a good idea to get healthier with your partner. It’ll be much easier to be the best version of yourself when you’ve got someone in your corner doing the same thing.

1. Lean on each other

Since this is new to both of you, it’s important to be each other’s support. If you notice your significant other is doing well, tell them. This will help keep motivation levels up and will make sticking to the new regime much easier. A compliment like “you’re looking better and better” will surely brighten their day and strengthen their resolve for success.

Also, don’t be afraid to express your concerns and fears about your own progress. Openly ask for support and acknowledgement if you feel like you need it. Just because your partner isn’t verbal, it doesn’t mean they haven’t noticed how you’ve changed, but sometimes it just feels good to hear it. This will strengthen your emotional bond too, and make living healthier a much more positive experience. After all, the point of doing this together is to always have someone to lean on.

2. Get creative with your food choices

More often than not, we’re used to delicious foods which are also high in fats and sugars and just end up clogging our arteries. This is why you should choose healthier alternatives. Of course, this is much easier said than done, especially since most healthy food tastes drab and bland. The key quality of a good meal is its nutritional value and taste.

That being said, there are a ton of healthier munchies that still taste very nice. All you have to do is get a little creative. Keep an open mind about trying something new, and don’t knock things down just because they have the word “kale” in them. You can get tons of inspiration online or from cooking books. If you look in the right places, you’ll realize that this kind of diet doesn’t even have to be expensive.

3. Consistency is key

You won’t achieve anything if you go hard then give up all too soon. Starting a completely new lifestyle is hard and it will take some time for the change to become permanent. In this transitional period, you have to be patient and consistent. A few small steps are better than one big one because they’re more permanent and will help you transition more easily.

Don’t get mad at your partner if they’re not doing as well as you are with your new lifestyle. Instead, realize that everyone goes at their own pace and support them. If the situation is vice versa, and you’re the one having trouble, be open about it. Your partner will surely understand and help you through it. Consistency will help you here as well, because no matter how fast or slow you get used to the change, you’ll surely get there eventually.

4. Replace Netflix with exercise

Cuddling with your partner and watching your favourite show is fun, but it’s not entirely healthy. A much better couple’s activity would be exercising at home. Use the time you have together to do something productive instead of just lounging around the whole afternoon. A couple’s workout at home can bond you just as much as cuddling, but will also keep you fit in the process.

It doesn’t even have to be hard to organize a good workout routine for the both of you. All you need is some good music, a positive attitude, and a few quality props from trustworthy brands like Cyber Fit. Equipped with these, you’ll be more than ready to nail your exercise routine every time. Exercising at home is much more time manageable and convenient, and saves you money on a gym membership but gives you the same results.

5. Move your dates outside

Instead of having dates in restaurants or cafes or the cinema, you should move them outside. If the weather’s nice, have a picnic, for example. Even just walking around the city and enjoying each other’s company can do wonders for both of you. Getting some vitamin D and fresh air can reduce stress levels and will make your skin more radiant. Let’s not forget your body will enjoy the light exercise, and you’ll love spending time with your love outside the house.

Once you’ve tried all the conventional outside dates, you can get more adventurous and explore the city together. Who knows what kind of fun things are waiting around the corner? All you have to do is take your partner by the hand and start walking. You’ll be surprised how many new things a familiar place has to offer once you’ve really started paying attention to it. Additionally, going outside and taking an active interest in each other and your environment will also help you get to know your parent better.

Conclusion

As you can see, doing important things like these is much easier when you’ve got good company. Living healthier as a couple will give you a common goal, bring you closer, and help you bring out the best in each other. This will contribute to a loving and long-lasting relationship that won’t lose its flame. We’re confident you and your loved one will succeed in making this brave change and continue to live a healthier life.


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