In between the stress of work and personal life lies the comfort that is our relationships. Whether you prefer big groups or just a few people to let into your circle, treating each and every person we hold dear as important is one of life's main purposes.
So if you feel like you've been neglecting some of your relationships recently, here's how to rekindle the love even if you're pressed for time.
Take advantage of social media
With today's technology, there's pretty much no excuse to not even say hi to someone. Despite all the criticisms made about social media, we have to admit that it does bridge some communication gaps. So even if you find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to your career or if you're dealing with different timezones, hitting the person you miss with a short message or a cute sticker is a simple way of letting them know that you think of them.
Take time to talk
One of the things that can really enrich your relationships is by simply sharing what went on with your day. Whether it be anecdotes or you just need to vent out, you need to remember why you give a huge amount of trust to open up and develop a conversation with someone about emotions, struggles, and even the simplest of updates on what's going with your life.
Say 'I Love You'
They say that actions speak louder than words. But being mature is all about understanding that 'making time for someone despite everything' is a stretch too romanticised, and in reality, there are instances when there's just so much to do to the point that you barely have time to make grand gestures.
So if you're giving your all to every facet of your life, give the person you love the assurance that they are still as important as ever by breathing out these three simple words. As long as you mean it, your message will come across.
The power of a touch
A tap on the back, a reassuring squeeze on the hand, a comforting rub of your thumb against their palm — a touch plays a huge role in a relationship more than you can imagine. It's a simple, and even sometimes, inevitable way of our body to show emotions and feelings without words. Not to mention that there are scientific studies to support that trust and affection are significantly elevated through these simple gestures.
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