Instead of your usual response, stop and think for a moment and respond kindly. We can often be too abrupt, short, or dismissive.
Consider what you have to say and how your partner might feel about it. Soften curt responses and be a little nicer. It’s not hard to do and makes a huge difference.
Don’t reply, just listen. This is a true key to authentic communication.
Don’t assume that your partner needs you to fix things for them, needs advice or even your opinion. Sometimes they only want your support and encouragement. Each of you is a capable, complete person.
Bring home your partner’s favorite dessert, wine or snack. Send them a message of support during a long work day or project.
Re-evaluate often because things do change. Have fun and just enjoy each other’s company and use that time to connect and show love to one another.
Things may seem to be going well, but having a weekly conversation about how things are going and whether they need more or different support
Do not become angry or complain when your partner shares with you a stressful situation or challenge they are facing.