You can stay connected with your partner, even if you’re not together physically. But there are a few pitfalls: not communicating about how you’re going to blend your families if this isn’t your first relationship, and falling out of intimacy. Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad is a marriage and family therapist and she has some tips for keeping intimacy alive. She ought to know – she and her husband have been married for more than 20 years and he’s deployed to another country. She’s sharing a few tips that she’s learned.
It’s amazing that Chris Fagan has any “juicy” left at all after a 48-day trek in the South Pole with just her husband, a 220-pound sled, and her thoughts to keep her company. The solitude and reaching the breaking point taught her about life and about her marriage. The temperature got to 50 below, but Chris brings the heat with her thoughts on marriage, creativity, and having hot flashes when the weather is killing cold.
Psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher Nancy Colier talks about mindful relationships. You might think that being mindful in a relationship is just about paying attention to your mate…and it is…but it’s also about paying attention to yourself and the thoughts and emotions you bring to the partnership. Nancy talks about how to show up and how to deal with a really bad day — and how to leave yourself open for the butterflies of love.
If you finish your lover’s sentences, that can be a good thing. But if you’re finding those sentences boring, it maybe time to refresh your relationship. If you’ve been with the same old lover, spouse or partner for what seems like forever, you’re probably ready for a relationship renewal. Therapist and podcaster Rhoda Mills Sommer talks with us about how to beat the boredom with an old relationship.