Take your partner seriously
Many people in this position wish they would have listened in the first place. Active listening requires the attention of your eyes, ears and heart. Show interest in what they have to say and be empathetic towards them. Look them in the eyes and listen without interruption. This will communicate that you care.
Rebuild the trust
Trust is the foundation of all relationships. If you break that trust, your relationship will deteriorate. To rebuild this trust, you will need to address the hurt you caused your partner. Start with this five step process:
- Admit you were wrong.
- Accept responsibility.
- Acknowledge how you hurt your other half.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Agree to work on ways to change your behaviour.
Address the needs of your other half
Taking your partner for granted and neglecting their feelings and needs is an awful thing to do. This is why you need to address these issues if you want to save a failing relationship. Remember the relationship isn’t all about you. Focus on their needs with a genuine interest.
This is where you need to back up your words with actions. Don’t simply talk the talk without walking the walk. If you want to save your relationship, you will have to be prepared to work hard. It will take time and consistency to repair the damage of broken trust. If you really love this person and want the relationship to survive, then you can do it!