If you are not a very emotional person, expressing yourself emotionally in a relationship can be difficult. Relationships are not always like the fairytales we see in movies. They can be complex and confusing sometimes, and it can be difficult to know how to express yourself to your partner no matter how much you care about them.
Here are ways to be more emotional in your relationship:
1. Be open about your feelings and secrets
Do this even if it feels a little scary or unnatural at first. As you get to know your partner, open up to them about your past experiences, share the hopes and dreams you’ve been nervous to admit to others, and tell them how much you care about them.
Keep them aware and updated on what’s going on in your life. Whether it’s good news or bad, new life events are great opportunities to be more emotionally vulnerable with your partner. If you have bad news, open up about the situation to your partner. This can heighten your emotional connection, and your partner can even help you process it.
Part of being in an emotionally intimate relationship is supporting each other through good times and bad. Your partner will be there to help you through it.
3. Ask your partner how they’re feeling.
This helps you show your sensitivity to their emotions. Ask your partner specific questions, like how an experience made them feel or what’s been going through their head lately. Though your partner may tell you how they feel sometimes, asking them shows that you care and are willing to engage with them on an emotional level.
4. Be a good listener.
This helps you be more attuned to your partner’s true feelings. Practice active listening strategies so that you can really focus on what your partner has to say.
5. Respect your partner’s feelings.
Do this even if you don’t always see eye to eye. Part of being in an emotionally intimate relationship is appreciating your partner’s point of view, even when it differs from your own. Make an effort to put yourself in your partner’s shoes, ask questions to better understand their perspective, and avoid judging or belittling their opinions.
6. Try new things with your partner
Break up your routine to get to know each other on a deeper level. Learn new things together and be open to different experiences. Avoid getting so used to your partner that you don’t make an effort to make your time together special or keep your emotional connection alive. Keep putting in the effort to change things up so your relationship doesn’t become stagnant and monotonous.
7. Give your partner genuine, loving compliments
Always tell your partner how much you care about them, and be specific. Share what you find so special about your partner, whether it be their sense of humor, their beautiful smile, or their positive outlook on life.
Make a habit of complimenting them often so that you never take their presence for granted or make them feel unappreciated. Regular compliments are a great way to be attentive and caring with your partner.
8. Reflect on your emotions to become more emotionally aware
Understand how you feel so you can express it to your partner. To do this, write out your emotions on the page. Use a pen and paper or start a daily journaling practice. Be honest with yourself about what you’re feeling when you write things down and reread old entries to understand your thought patterns.
9. Admit when you’ve made a mistake
Everyone messes up sometimes in relationships. It can be tempting to pretend like you’re perfect, but that won’t help your relationship or yourself in the long run. If you snapped at your partner or forgot to do something you promised them, own up to your mistake and apologize. Being vulnerable like this is an important part of being emotionally available in a relationship.
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