10 ways to strengthen your relationship and make it last

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Rekindle the magic and enjoy your time together with this essential relationship advice from the experts.

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Relationships are hard work, but there are a few easy ways to ensure your romantic connection survives the test of time.

Take a look at what Sarah Rozenthuler, author of Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies to Help You Talk About What Matters Most, has to say about strengthening your relationship below...

Put your phone away for a more intimate connection


Give your partner some quality time by having a 'media break'. Switch off the TV, put down your phone and turn off your tablet. Listening properly is a powerful aphrodisiac.

Work on some relationship photo albums together


When a relationship ends, the most painful part is often the loss of shared dreams. To strengthen your bond organise your photos or make a scrapbook of memories, ticket stubs and anything else that has sentimental value.

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If the physical side of your relationship has become routine, take a risk and do something different. Go to a sex shop together, do a tantra workshop or join the mile high club.

Boost your endorphins to stay positive


Couples are susceptible to absorbing each other's bad moods, so develop some strategies for shifting state when you're down, like a five minute walk or a power dance.

Have fun with each other


Differences of opinion can cause tension and unresolved conflicts can lead to contempt. To counterbalance the heavy lifting, make a mutual commitment to spend time together doing things that you enjoy.

Be romantic and intimate with your boyfriend


Treat him to something you know he'll love, whether it's cooking his favourite meal, running a hot bath or playing his favourite music. It's the kind of thing you probably did when your love was fresh, so bring some of that attentive energy into your relationship now.

Improve your relationship communication skills


If your relationship has become riddled with tension, get some help. Identify what the core issue is and search out ways to deal with it. Expand your communication skills, keep the air clear and free of past resentments and don't be afraid to seek out professional help if you need it.

Personal space is good for your relationship


It's important to spend time apart when you're in coupleland. Lots of people feel like they lose themselves in a relationship and become 'less' - less attractive, less interesting, less fulfilled. Some breathing space will invigorate your relationship, not least because you'll have things to share with your partner.

Make decisions together to avoid tension


For big decisions agree that you'll both take time separately to consider the different options and then share your thoughts. Moving from 'me' to 'we' in this way maximises the likelihood that you'll reach an agreeable decisions.

Boost your confidence and be happy


Staying in touch with the bigger picture and looking for the silver lining will stop you from retreating to your corner and enable you to create a life-enhancing relationship.

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