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10 Things You Should Never Sacrifice For A Relationship

10 Things You Should Never Sacrifice For A Relationship

Are you in a relationship? Good relationships help you to grow as a person and find mutual happiness, but sometimes relationships can sour and negatively affect both partners.

Check out the 10 things you should never sacrifice in your relationship.

1. Your Happiness

Your partner should bring happiness and joy to your life, rather than dragging you down and making you feel sad. If your partner makes you feel down about yourself or your life, then you are no longer in a healthy relationship. Your partner won’t always be in a great mood, but if they are intentionally hurting you, you need to let them go. They need to work on themselves before they can have a healthy relationship.

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2. Your Fun

Do you laugh with your partner and try new things together? While it is normal to have disagreements, your relationship should mostly be happy and fun. It is important to enjoy your life with your partner and your friends, and your partner should understand and respect that.

3. Your Freedom

In a healthy relationship, you should be able to go out and enjoy yourself without your partner getting annoyed or worried. Possessive behavior is normally an indicator of insecurity, and insecurity is their personal problem that you cannot fix. A healthy and stable relationship involves partners spending time together and time alone.

4. Your Inner Peace

It is important to retain your inner peace for your own happiness. If your partner makes you feel anxious, angry, or nervous, you may find yourself feeling depressed or withdrawn. If you are regularly fighting with your partner, it’s time to ask yourself why — is there an on-going issue in the relationship? Can you make each other happy? Can the problem be solved?

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5. Your Experiences

Life is exciting. Throughout your life, you will have brilliant experiences that will make you wiser, happier, and more at peace with yourself. If your partner is unwilling to try new things, and holds you back from trying them, you may struggle to stay happy. An emotionally stable partner will encourage you to experience new things and to have fun.

6. Your Personality

Your personality is who you are, and the right person will love your personality above all. In a happy relationship, neither partner would want to change each other’s personalities because they love each other for who they are.

Of course, compromise is normal and healthy, but don’t be with someone who tries to change your personality – it could mean they don’t love you for you.

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7. Your Other Relationships

At the beginning of a relationship, many people go through a honeymoon period — a time of excitement, infatuation, and a desire to be around each other all the time. However, if you’ve been together for a few months and you still rarely see your friends or family, this could indicate possessive behavior. It is important to have lots of healthy relationships in your life, and being too dependent on your partner is often unhealthy.

8. Your Feelings

A big part of a healthy relationship is respect: both partners should truly listen to each other and try to understand their partner’s feelings and opinions without judgement. If you feel like your partner doesn’t consider your feelings, ask yourself these questions: do I consider my partner’s feelings? Why don’t they consider mine? Can we change this?

9. Your Dreams

A good relationship is a partnership — both people support each other every step of the way. It is normal to have different dreams, but you should still be cheering each other along. Love is wanting someone to experience joy and happiness. What you want out of life is often a big part of who you are, and it is important that your relationship supports your dreams.

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10. Your Beliefs

Your beliefs are important to you, and no one in your life should try to change your religion or beliefs. While your partner doesn’t have to believe in the same things as you, they should respect your values.

What else you should never sacrifice in a relationship? Comment with your ideas below!

Featured photo credit: Grace and Steve / Nathan O’Nions via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 12, 2019

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

Here are 12 things to remember:

1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

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2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

10. Journal During This Time

Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

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Final Thoughts

Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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