Surviving January: A Relationship Guide

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Surviving January: A Relationship Guide

The holidays are over, and it’s time to return to real life.

But what if your real life includes someone else?

If you’re in a relationship, surviving January can be rough. For one thing, it’s cold outside. And while you’re trying to keep warm, so is your partner! And then there’s the fact that the holidays are over—meaning no more presents or fancy dinners. No one wants to think about that stuff right now anyway though because everyone is still recovering from their New Year’s Eve hangover (even if they didn’t drink).

So how do we survive this month? Let us count the ways:

Set a budget for gifts for each other every month and stick with it! 

You don’t have to break the bank when picking out something small for your partner—but having a plan will help you stay on track when all those sales start rolling in.


Try not to compare your relationship with others. 

If you find yourself feeling jealous of someone else’s relationship or comparing yours unfavorably, remind yourself that every relationship is different. You can’t assume that just because someone else seems happier or more successful than you are at being in a relationship they are necessarily more comfortable or more successful in life!


Make sure not to get too caught up in the idea of resolutions.

Resolutions can be hard enough when you’re alone; when you have another person involved, it can be even more challenging! If you feel like your partner is pressuring you into making changes or telling them what resolutions they should make for themselves, try setting aside some time for both.

Make your partner a priority. 

This is the most important thing you can do as someone who is also in a relationship. If you don’t make them feel like they matter more than anything else in your life, they won’t stick around long enough for February to roll around.

Get creative with date nights. 

If you’re not sure where to start, try something new! Rather than going out for dinner or drinks every time you go out together, try out an activity that you’ve never done before (like skydiving or indoor rock climbing). It’ll be fun for both of you and it’ll give each other something new to talk about later when one of you mentions how.


Make sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to expectations.

If they want a romantic weekend away and you’re just looking for a quiet night on the couch, you might have some problems later on down the road.

Keep communication open.

Even if it seems like nothing is wrong or that there’s nothing left to say, don’t be afraid to talk about what’s going on in your relationship. You never know what kind of information might come out of those conversations until later—and maybe then it’ll be too late!


Don’t forget about yourself! 

It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s needs and forget about taking care of yourself—but if you don’t take care of yourself first, then how will you be able to take care of anyone else? This goes for both partners in a

Thanks for reading. I hope these insights will help you, and other couples like us survive through this month. Let me know how you and your significant other survive January in relationships down in the comments!

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