“The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, is all that matters.”
– Audrey Hepburn
My boyfriend and I both work at home, which makes life hectic in and of itself. Throw in some 15-hour days, finishing work at 4 a.m., dealing with difficult clients, busy travel schedules, demanding families, and you’ve got yourself some chaos.
Lucky for us, we love being busy, we love traveling and we love each other (as cheesy as it sounds!)
That’s all fine and dandy, but making time for a healthy relationship with all those stressors can be difficult.
Working through some of those difficulties has lead me to some key elements to maintaining a happy and healthy relationship, even when work gets crazy:
- Patience: When two people intertwine their lives, things get messy, and it’s important to be patient with the other person. Nothing good will come from getting irritated because things aren’t exactly as you expect when you expect it.
- Quality Time: It’s so easy to get lost in the craziness of everything going on, but it’s important to take time to spend together, phones off, to appreciate each other. Go out, get away from the desk, and talk about something other than work. Even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood together, it makes a difference in the health of your relationship.
- Loyalty: It’s during the times of chaos that couples need to support each other the most. Stay loyal and have faith in your partner and don’t forget that times are tough on them too. It’s the ability to endure these tough times that truly test a relationship.
- Communication: This is by far the most important part of a relationship for me. Make sure that lines of communication are open and flow freely in order to maintain a happy and healthy relationship. Don’t push feelings away without resolving them, as this usually results in resentment and issues in the long-run.
- Don’t Forget to Say “I Love You” (If you’re not there yet, a kiss will work too!)
How are you able to balancing all the demands of work, family and relationships?