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  • UPDATE: Colleen contributed to the article 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Need to Make So That Your Relationship Survives 2023, by Kali Coleman, Best Life Online.

    The new year brings thoughts of a clean slate, fresh ideas, and renewed commitment to our relationships. As we look ahead to 2023, it’s integral to consider how we can ensure our relationship survives and thrives in the coming year. Talking and defining New Year resolutions benefits all relationships, whether in a new relationship or having been together for years. Here are six New Year’s resolutions to make sure your relationship survives 2023:

    1. Focus on making time for each other.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but it’s essential to make time for each other. Schedule regular date nights, whether a night out or an evening in. Carving out time for the two of you is crucial to maintaining a healthy relationship. Make sure you plan activities together so one person isn’t always shouldering the responsibility. Suggested ideas include

    2. Be open to trying new things.

    Getting stuck in a rut is easy, so be open to trying new things together. Whether it’s a new restaurant, a new hobby or activity, or even just a change of scenery, it can help keep the relationship fresh and exciting. These new opportunities bring couples closer together and create deeper connections. It provides a much-needed break from the everyday routine.

    3. Show appreciation for each other.

    Showing appreciation for each other is a critical part of any relationship. It’s easy to take your partner for granted; show them how much you appreciate them. As you head into the new year, thank your partner for the little things they do. Express your gratitude for their support and love. Showing appreciation can help strengthen the bond between the two of you.

    4. Be fully present when around each other.

    Make yourself fully available to each other and pay close attention to your partner’s nonverbal cues and subtle shifts in their emotional state. Getting distracted by our phones, work, or other obligations is easy, but ensuring you give your partner your full attention is vital. Practicing presence with awareness while engaging in communication can help deepen the connection between you.

    5. Set boundaries and respect each other’s needs.

    Setting boundaries in a relationship is important, so both partners feel respected and heard. Make sure to discuss acceptable behavior for each of you and what isn’t. Respect your partner’s needs and be willing to compromise when necessary. This will help create a healthy balance in the relationship and ensure both partners feel heard and respected.

    6. Keep communicating openly and honestly.

    Open communication is key to any successful relationship. Make sure to talk about your feelings, needs, and expectations with each other. Be honest and open about your thoughts and feelings, even if uncomfortable. Couples who communicate openly and honestly are more likely to have a successful relationship because they can work through any issues that arise.

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    Man talking with counselor New Heights CounselingNew Heights Counseling is a trusted provider of services in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Need help with your relationships? Our licensed therapists are dedicated to helping individuals and families find the best path forward for their needs. We offer a wide range of counseling services, including individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Therapists specialize in treating issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and many more. We want you to feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts and feelings with us so that we can better understand your needs and help you find healing and wholeness.

    At New Heights Counseling, we understand that seeking help can be difficult. That’s why our team of experienced counselors is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to make positive changes in your relationships. Our services are for children, adolescents, and adults, and we offer in-person sessions at our Fort Walton Beach location and online therapy for the state of Florida. The office is on the 2nd floor of WorkSpace Suites at 1992 Lewis Turner Blvd, Suite 1057, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. Get directions here on Google Maps or visit our office location page.

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    About the Author:

    Colleen Wenner New Heights Founder Clinical DirectorColleen Wenner is the founder and clinical director of New Heights Counseling, where she provides counseling services for individuals struggling with mental health issues. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Colleen is a certified supervisor in Florida and an EMDR trauma-certified practitioner and consultant in training. Colleen is committed to providing excellent client care and services the Fort Walton Beach, CrestviewNicevilleDestin, and surrounding communities.

    Colleen has consistently advocated for mental health care and wellness and has dedicated her entire life to promoting awareness among the public. She has been featured on various podcasts such as Practice of the Practice (The #1 Podcast for counselors in private practice), Shrink Think Podcast, and The Salty Christan Podcastto name a few. She has contributed to several Yahoo Best LifeUnfinished ManAskMenUpJourneyWebMD, PsychCentral, and Emotional Intelligence Magazine articles. Colleen uses compassionate and authentic communication to help clients understand themselves better and feel more confident about their ability to improve their lives.