Relate Nottinghamshire follows in celeb footsteps with tips for bringing mindfulness to your relationship and sex life
Mindfulness is having a well-deserved moment in the media spotlight with celebrities such as Emma Watson, Goldie Hawn and Gwyneth Paltrow swearing by it. The seemingly simple act of paying more attention to the present moment has been shown to improve mental wellbeing and was the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (11th-17th May). But is it really that easy?
So what does that mean for relationships?… happy families by the pool in sunny parts, or more adventurous locations, climbing mountains, diving, hiking, etc.
Hopefully couples and families enjoy this time, but unfortunately sometimes it brings hidden or ignored stress to the surface. Just spending 24 hours a day with your partner is a big change from the “breakfast go to work, sometimes until late, eat dinner a bit of TV and bed” routine.
As parents of troubled teens it’s logical that we try to look for a reason why this has happened in our family. Why us? Why me? Understandably, you may look for someone or something to blame; whose fault is it? Maybe you blame yourself, your partner, your teenager or their friends?
Blaming yourself or others will leave you feeling guilty, angry, powerless or all three. To truly take a first step you need to take a good, hard look at the problems and the situation before you can decide what to do next.
Relate have put together some questions for you to think about. Answer as honestly as you can. Every family will be different so this may leave you with even more questions. That’s ok, this is a time to think and understand. What you do about it will come next. Follow the link below…
Every year we get a reminder to take our cars in for an MOT to ensure that they’re roadworthy.
But what about our relationships? Do we need a reminder to check in with our partners, or should we just carry on until the wing mirrors fall off, and we can no longer see the relationship hazards coming our way?
Follow the link for the Relationship MOT.
http://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/self-help-tools/quizzes-profilers/relationship-mot help/self-help-tools/quizzes- profilers/relationship-mot
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