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10 Exercises to Rebuilding Trust in a Relationship

by | Love

Last updated Sep 3, 2021 | Published on Feb 26, 2021

Every relationship needs trust for it to grow. That is why couples have to find ways to connect so they can live a better life together. There are several ways to rebuilding trust in a relationship. Most of the time, couples focus on making their partners happy or satisfied. In this piece, we’re going to talk about exercises couples should practice to rebuild trust. 

1. Engage In Deep and Meaningful Conversations

Technology has made it less possible for couples to have meaningful conversations. So much is happening online, and no one wants to miss anything. Checking your phones all the time will damage trust in your relationship. Chatting has its merits, but having too much of it is detrimental to your relationship. 

What you need is a face-to-face, meaningful, deep, and engaging conversation (1). It leaves something with both of you, which you will appreciate. Everyone needs to work hard to achieve trust through conversations.

2. Tell Stories about The Past 

Stories are one of the most powerful things in humanity. We are wired to pay attention to stories and live it. It helps us to imagine amazing things and experience things yet to happen. You and your partner can build strong relationships by telling stories to each other. Talking about events that happened before you met can create trust and bond. Storytelling time is an opportunity to prove truthfulness and show personalities.

3. Cuddle and Hold Hands, In Private and Public 

Physical connection triggers chemicals reactions in the body that promotes affections. That’s why couples need to connect by holding hands and cuddling. They can cuddle while alone at home watching TV. 

When going out for a stroll, they should also try to hold hands as well. Holding hands invokes positive feelings, and it’s almost like foreplay. It’s like kissing, hugging, and massage, which releases oxytocin into the body (2). Rebuilding trust in a relationship takes work and effort that everyone must be ready to do. 

4. Compliments All the Time 

Couples do things for each other all the time in a relationship. When this happens, it’s a huge opportunity to create bonds. Making compliments all the time your partner does you a favor is healthy. It shows the person as a human who appreciates your efforts. 

People like to be appreciated for what they do, and making compliments is the way to go. Compliments also encourage people to do more activities that promote an emotional connection. 

5. Allow Your Partner to Go Through Your Phone

Modern technology is doing more harm to relationships than good. It makes it easy to cheat without getting caught. Rebuilding trust in a relationship works when you allow your partner access to your phone. They must be free to check all your chats and messages without hindrance. 

Doing this will reassures them that you have nothing to hide, which builds their confidence. Your partner will not give room for flirts when they know you might discover it. As time goes on, they will build trust enough to be confident even without checking your phone. 

6. Try New Couples Activities

Dating can be very boring if you do the same thing all the time. So, couples making efforts to rebuilding trust in a relationship need to try new things. Traveling out of your comfort zone is one of the best options to consider. You’ll get free air, see new places, meet people, and learn new things. Having a tech-free date is also another great activity to connect with. 

That means no emails, social media, phone calls, and messaging. Writing each other a love letter is also a great way to boost your relationship. By this, we mean the use of paper, pen, and envelopes, with your handwriting. It creates a new kind of feeling and affection that can last a very long time. Other activities for couples are stargazing on a rooftop and visiting each other’s hometown.

7. Allow Your Partner Help You 

No one is perfect. Everyone needs help to achieve one thing or the other. But couples today feel they can handle everything themselves. Some do it because of pride, others because they are used to not getting help. You can improve your relationship by allowing your partner to help you. After providing help to you, they feel you owe them. That is good because it promotes connection and happiness. 

They also feel they are playing a role in your life and success. Don’t get arrogant with your partner. Ask them for help even when you don’t need it. Use the opportunity to build a foundation of love and affection that last. 

8. Tell Your Partner a Scary Secret 

Most of us have so many secrets that we can’t share everything with our partners at once. We tell them the most important ones, and others come naturally. Some may have to come at a time when needed most. 

Rebuilding trust in a relationship may require taking a bold step like telling your partner a scary story of what happened to you in the past. This builds trust because they know not a lot of people are aware of the story. They also believe sharing the story with them means you trust them enough. 

9. Eye Contacts 

Couples need to practice eye contact because it’s a powerful tool for love communication. You can say so much with your eyes the other people will understand. Eye contact promotes intimacy and helps couples to like each other more. 

During eye contact, the body releases a chemical phenylethylamine, making people fall in love. You can get more of this chemical flowing if you start practicing eye contact with your partner. 

10. Ask For Forgiveness

No matter what we do, we’re always going to offend each other. That’s why forgiveness is essential when rebuilding trust in a relationship. Asking for forgiveness means you accept your fault and are ready to make amends. It also shows you’re not arrogant and self-absorbed. People who ask for forgiveness have overcome pride. Too much pride is a major killer of relationships. 

As a couple, you can build a strong and healthy relationship with trust when you ask for forgiveness. Play your role correctly and create an environment of trust. In the end, you will be happy with each other.

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By Aleksandra Nico

Dr. Aleksandra Nico is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is in private practice in Brunswick and has experience in a wide variety of areas, including mood-related difficulties, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, addictions, personality disorders, and anger management. Dr. Nico completed a Ph.D. at the University of Nevada. Her goal is not to make very good people out of good, but to get the unique out of them.

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