Relationships can be enormously rewarding and fulfilling, but they can also be hard work sometimes. As much as you may love your partner, we’re only human; and humans are flawed. It’s inevitable that even the healthiest and loving of relationships can become fractious and stressful at times. That’s why we put this article together on why meditation is good for your relationship.
This is where meditation comes in. Taking the space and time to breathe is beneficial for not only your mental and physical health as individuals but also the collective health of your relationship. Read on to find out some of the reasons why meditation is good for your relationship.
Studies have shown that meditation helps to reduce stress levels, regulate your mood, and improve your overall mental health (among other benefits). When you’re stressed out it may sometimes feel like the last thing you want to do is meditate – but give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised by the improvement.
It goes without saying that the happier and healthier you and your partner are, the less likely you are to be arguing with each other all the time. Some arguments are inevitable, of course, but the good news is that meditation can help with these, too.
In the heat of an argument, it can sometimes be hard to see things from an objective viewpoint. Emotionally and mentally, you may be sure that you’re entirely in the right, and that your partner is the most infuriating person on earth at that point in time.
If things are getting too heated, it’s worth stepping away from the situation. Take yourself into another room, sit down, and meditate – even if it’s only for a minute or two.
Meditation can help you to calm yourself down, and detach yourself from your emotions – and your bruised ego – to take stock of the situation calmly and clearly.
Of course, it may be true that you were right all along, but it’s best to arrive at this decision through reason, logic, and a generous understanding of your partner’s position – rather than in the throes of anger.
By taking the time to breathe and analyse your emotions, it may also become clear that there are other factors behind your stress.
It could be that your partner isn’t the problem at all and that you’re both projecting frustrations on to each other that is really about another aspect of your lives entirely. Maybe there are money worries that need to be addressed, or maybe you simply feel unfulfilled and need to pursue a particular hobby.
Whatever the underlying issue behind your argument may be, meditation will help both of you to understand it with greater clarity.
A shared activity
Although time to yourself is important in a relationship, it’s equally important to ensure that you’re spending meaningful time together with your partner. It can be easy to become caught up in the daily routine of work, cooking, and cleaning – especially if you add children into the mix.
A shared meditation session can be a great way to reconnect – whether you go to a dedicated class, or simply sit at home, taking some time to just be together can be extremely beneficial.
It’s only natural for parents to make many sacrifices for their children. Research from Direct Line, for example, shows that in the UK alone over 7 million parents actually stayed together for longer than they wanted to because of their children. But your relationship needs time, and dedication, too.
By taking time away from the children to participate in a shared activity together, you’ll have both strengthened your bond and the strength of the family unit as a whole.
So, now that you know meditation is good for your relationship, where do you start? It can be daunting when you see the sheer variety of meditation techniques and exercises on offer, but don’t worry about it too much. Whatever helps you to relax and ground your thoughts is worth a try, and you’ll soon find out what works best for you.
Relationships take work. But, with the help of meditation, you’ll be in a better place (both mentally and emotionally) to take stock of the situation and improve things going forward.
In the spirit of love and peace,
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