It is no secret that jealousy in relationships is comparable to a time-bomb ready to explode at any moment. Both people in the relationship are always feeling like they are walking on eggshells waiting for the proverbial “other shoe to drop.”
Having this much additional stress in a relationship can be both emotionally and physically draining.
Here are three tips to help you overcome this issue.
- Communication. If someone is jealous in a relationship, it usually happens because on a reason. Someone may have cheated on them in a previous relationship and are worried that it may happen again, or they have a partner that is currently cheating on them and got caught. Just because someone cheated on them in the past, it doesn’t mean that it will happen again in their current or future relationships. Sit down with your partner and talk to them about your concerns. If you don’t communicate with your partner, the relationship is bound to fail anyway. Consider speaking with a licensed professional if there is a communication gap between both parties.
- Dress Appropriately. Even though your intention is not to cheat, your partner may get jealous if they are insecure with themselves. If you are “showing a little more skin than you should” and getting stares while going to the grocery store with or without your partner, simply look in the mirror before you leave and ask yourself if what you are wearing is appropriate. There is a difference in dressing one way in private and another way in public. Don’t give the other person a reason to get jealous by the way you dress.
- Date Night. Just because you have been in a relationship for a period of time, it is still important to consistently court each other so you always feel special and loved. Granted we all live busy lives, however, you should consider having at least one date night a week. Whether it is a fancy night out on the town or a romantic night staying in consisting of a candle-lit bath and a massage, it is important to keep the spark in the relationship. As long as the other person feels loved, there is no reason for them to look elsewhere.
Even though jealousy in relationships can destroy it, you now know how to refocus that destructive energy to help bring you closer together.