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Relationship Reset: 5 Tips to Stop Relationship Patterns Dead in Their Tracks
Feeling as though you are committing the same relationship mistakes again and again can be both overwhelming and frustrating. Check out these tips to get a fresh start.
#1. Are you ready?: Ask yourself if you are willing and ready to endure some discomfort as you charter new territory by approaching your relationships differently. While it may be unsettling at first, the potential for happy and fulfilling relationship possibilities are endless.
#2. Take a closer look: In order to make change, we must examine our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. What are your thoughts about your last relationship? How do those thoughts make you feel? When you experienced those feelings while with your partner, what did you say or do in your relationship? The answers to these questions may lead you to a deeper understanding of how and why you repeat the same relationship patterns time after time.
#3. Remember the family factor: Many of us often try so hard to either replicate or reject the experiences of our parents that we find ourselves getting into trouble as a result. Whether through therapy, prayer or self-reflection, examine what your family taught you about relationships and how these lessons may or may not be serving you well today.
#4. You’re worth it, right?: Examine your own self-image and compare the kinds of relationships you've had in the past with the kind of relationship you are seeking. Do you feel in your heart that you deserve to be happy?
#5. Move on: Learn how to move on from past relationships by forgiving your former partner and yourself for past mistakes. Don't bring your baggage from your last relationship into the next.
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