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6 Ways to Communicate Better in Your Relationship

6 Ways to Communicate Better in Your Relationship

6 Ways to Communicate Better in Your Relationship

Communication is one of the most important keys in all relationships. It’s important for your partner and you to communicate freely with no hesitation, It’s better to talk about things you want your partner to know rather than keeping them from him/her! By keeping things from your significant other you may not helping the situation, because you will add more problems to it.

Communicate Better in Your Relationship

Here are 10 ways to improve your communication skills and make a better relationship:

1-Spend More Time Together Daily:

It means make time for your partner and put aside other things you want to do, People want to feel important and this is the one simple step to show your partner how important He/she is for you. Watching TV is not count as spending time. going out on a date night is one of the popular ones, you have time to talk about your week or ask your partner to support you on some situations you may need help( emotionally or financially) .

2- Understand Your Partner:

In any communication between two people it’s important to let your partner know that you respect his/her opinion. Never use words like “Always” “never” and … . relationships are 50-50 You cannot blame your partner for everything and otherwise . Be open to her/his opinion and let your partner talk .

3- Don’t Assume:

Assumption is the killer of communication, Don’t make assumption specially in a serious relationships. Having conclusion without discussing it with your partner is one big mistake. You never know what was in your partner’s mind unless you have a brief talk about it.

4- Honesty:

Honesty is an important key in communications and relationships. Be honest and straightforward; Speak your mind and let your partner know what is going on. It’s better to discuss everything before making any decisions rather than having problems later because you didn’t say exactly what you wanted!

5- Touch Each Other:

Use your hands and your eyes, make direct eye contact and touch each other during your talk, Don’t forget you are partners and you both want to find the best solutions. Smile and don’t be so serous about things.

6- Don’t use Electronic Devices:

Never Ever text or Email your partner to discuss things that are important for you. Face to face communications are the best, use a private room and sit with your partner to talk. Using cellphones and internet just put you in some situations which you don’t have control over it, If you are seeking for answers to your problems it’s better do it face to face .

This article was found at http://www.relationshiptricks.com/6-ways-communicate-better-relationship/

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2015 in Relationship Sips

 

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IF YOU CHEAT, PLEASE WEAR A SHEATH!

IF YOU CHEAT, PLEASE WEAR A SHEATH!

Let me just say, I am in no way condoning cheating on your significant other, but I am also not ignorant to the fact that it happens every single day. My issue is with those who do cheat without protection and then go back home and infect their faithful and devoted mate with an STD or create a new bill in the form of child support. All these babies being born from this irresponsible behavior is just wrong. Those kids deserve both parents and when they grow up and learn how they were conceived, they will feel some type of way. Not everyone who is caught cheating immediately becomes single because of a little thing called forgiveness, but to add a child is insult to injury. Cheaters…stop…think.

At this time, we all have access to statistics and right now the number of people being infected with HIV has increased by 50,000 each year. There are currently 1.2 million people infected with HIV. And catch this, 1 in 7 people are unaware that they are infected. Did you hear that? 1 in 7 are oblivious and will sex you real good with a clear conscious all the while you both now have HIV. This number is sad because there is no reason someone doesn’t get tested or protect themselves. I’ve been married for almost 7 years and been with my husband for 9 years. I have slept with only him during this time. Neither one of us were a virgin when we got together so before he ever entered me without protection, we were both tested. As a matter of fact, we still get tested because certain STD’s can lie dormant and not show up until several years later. I’ve always used protection, but dudes are slick and will slip that condom off or poke holes in it. Ladies and Gents, don’t let them trap you. Always have your own protection readily available.  Check out the STD facts below compiled on cosmopolitan.com and pay special attention to the incubation periods.

Visit http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/a54/STD-fact-sheets/ for complete details on each of these STD’s.

CHANCROID

WHAT IT IS: A bacterial infection that results in sores on the mouth, throat, lips, anus, tongue, vagina, or penis.

HOW IT’S CONTRACTED: You can get chancroid sores or spread them through skin-to-skin contact with open sores, from hands that have touched a sore, or from sex toys such as a vibrator or dildo that have touched a sore.

TESTING: Chancroid lesions can look like syphilis or genital herpes, so a doctor needs to analyze the discharge from the sores to get an accurate diagnosis.

INCUBATION PERIOD: 12 hours to five days

SYMPTOMS: Painful open sores on the genitals, and, in some cases, swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin area. Women may be less likely to get the sores; instead, their symptoms may include painful urination or defecation, painful intercourse, rectal bleeding, or vaginal discharge.

TREATMENT: Antibiotics are usually effective.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: The sores that remain from an untreated chancroid infection may put you at risk for other STDs, as well as other types of infections.
CHLAMYDIA

INCUBATION PERIOD: One to two weeks

SYMPTOMS: Chlamydia often has no symptoms at all. But signs of an infection can include burning during urination or vaginal or penile discharge. Women may also have pain in their lower belly, painful intercourse, or bleeding between periods. Men may have swelling or pain in the testicles.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: Women with chlamydia who don’t seek treatment are at the greatest risk, because the disease may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious infection of the reproductive organs which can cause infertility and life-threatening complications such as ectopic pregnancy and difficulties during pregnancy and birth. Pregnant women who don’t take antibiotics to treat the infection can pass it to their infant, which usually results in either conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the eyes that threatens eyesight), or pneumonia. These babies are also at risk for prematurity and low birth weight. For men, untreated chlamydia may cause inflammation of the testicles and sterility.

PUBIC LICE (CRABS)

INCUBATION PERIOD: As long as a week if it’s the first time you’ve had pubic lice; as little as a day if this is a recurrence.

SYMPTOMS: Itching in the genital area or any other part of the body with hair.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: If you don’t seek treatment you’re likely to pass pubic lice on to any sexual partners, or anyone else you’re in close contact with.

GONORRHEA

INCUBATION PERIOD: One day to two weeks

SYMPTOMS: About half of the women who have gonorrhea have no symptoms. Women’s symptoms can include discharge from the vagina, frequent urination, pain or burning when urinating, and pain between periods. Men are most likely to experience pain during urination and discharge from the penis.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: In women, not being treated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or an ectopic pregnancy, which can in turn result in infertility or life-threatening complications. Other problems can include arthritis, heart problems, and for babies born to mothers with gonorrhea, serious eye infections.

HEPATITIS

INCUBATION PERIOD: Two weeks to five months, although hepatitis C can remain dormant for 10 years before symptoms crop up.

SYMPTOMS: When symptoms are present, they are much the same for all five types of hepatitis: mild flu-like symptoms, light stools, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), fatigue, and fever.
Hepatitis A symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: Because types A and E usually go away over time, neither is likely to lead to chronic disease. Types B and C, however, can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer if not treated; type D can also result in liver cancer.

HERPES

INCUBATION PERIOD: Usually five to twenty days

SYMPTOMS: Herpes simplex virus-1 usually shows up as cold sores or blisters. For those who have herpes simplex virus-2, some have no symptoms, while others may show signs of an infection from five to twenty days after having sex with an infected partner. Early symptoms can include a burning sensation in the genitals, low back pain, pain when urinating, and flu-like symptoms. A short while later, small red bumps may appear around the genitals or on the mouth; later these bumps become painful blisters which then crust over, form a scab, and heal.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: While herpes is not life-threatening, and not all people who have it suffer from outbreaks, those who do experience outbreaks find that topical medication eases the pain and can help speed recovery when blisters appear.

HIV/AIDS

INCUBATION PERIOD: Some people develop symptoms shortly after being infected, but for many it takes more than ten years for symptoms to appear.

SYMPTOMS: Most symptoms of AIDS are not caused directly by HIV, but by an infection or other condition brought on by a weakened immune system. These include severe weight loss, fever, headache, night sweats, fatigue, severe diarrhea, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing. The symptoms tend to last for weeks or months at a time and do not go away without treatment. In some cases, infections result in death.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: HIV progresses more rapidly into full-blown AIDS without treatment, usually because of infections that develop as a result of the patient’s weakened immune system.

HPV/GENITAL WARTS

INCUBATION PERIOD : One month to several years

SYMPTOMS: Many types of HPV have no symptoms, though some cause visible genital warts that may be found in the vagina or urethra or on the cervix, vulva, penis, or anus. Rarely, they are found in the mouth or throat. Warts are often flesh-colored, soft to the touch, and may look like miniature cauliflower florets. They usually grow in more than one area and are often painless, although they may itch.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: Since there are strains of HPV that are linked to cervical cancer, failing to seek treatment can be fatal. But since many types of HPV are basically harmless, they need only be monitored with yearly Pap smears (or more frequently — every three to six months — if a result comes back abnormal).
If genital warts are allowed to grow without treatment, they can block the vagina, urethra, or anus, and become very uncomfortable. Depending on where they are on the body, genital warts can cause sores and bleeding. An increase in the size and number of the warts is also more likely during pregnancy and when a person’s immune system is compromised by diabetes, an organ transplant, Hodgkin’s disease, or HIV/AIDS, among other conditions.

SCABIES

INCUBATION PERIOD: As long as a week if it’s the first time you’ve been infested; a day if it’s a reocurrence.

SYMPTOMS: Signs of a scabies infestation include intense itching, or small bumps or a rash on the penis, between the fingers, on buttocks, breasts, wrists, thighs, or around the navel.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: Continued scratching can cause an infection, and left untreated, scabies can be transmitted to anyone you come in close contact with.

SYPHILIS

INCUBATION PERIOD: One week to three months

SYMPTOMS: During the first stage of a syphilis infection, painless sores or open ulcers may appear on the anus, vagina, penis, or inside the mouth, and occasionally on other parts of the body. During the second stage (roughly three weeks to three months after the first symptoms appear), an infected person may experience flu-like symptoms and possibly hair loss or a rash on the soles and palms — and in some cases all over the body. There are also latent phases of syphilis infection during which symptoms are absent.

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: Untreated syphilis can lead to serious damage to the brain and the nervous system; mental deterioration; a loss of balance, vision, and sensation; leg pain; and heart disease. A fetus is at particular risk if the mother doesn’t seek treatment; the chances for stillbirth and serious birth defects, including blindness, are very high.

TRICHOMONIASIS

INCUBATION PERIOD: Five to Twenty-eight days

SYMPTOMS: Men often do not have symptoms of trichomoniasis and usually do not know they are infected until their partners need treatment. But when symptoms do occur, they include: Irritation inside the penis, Mild discharge, Slight burning after urination or ejaculation
Many women do have signs or symptoms of infection. Symptoms in women can include: Greenish-yellow, frothy vaginal discharge with a strong odor, Painful urination, Vaginal itching and irritation, Discomfort during intercourse,Lower abdominal pain (rare)

IF YOU AREN’T TREATED: Trichomoniasis in pregnant women may cause premature rupture of the membranes that protect the baby, and early delivery. The genital inflammation caused by trichomoniasis might also increase a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV infection if she is exposed to HIV. Trichomoniasis in a woman who is also infected with HIV can increase the chances of transmitting HIV infection to a sex partner.

Wowza. Does anyone have these symptoms? Go get checked! TODAY!! I am one who agrees that a person who infects someone should be prosecuted for endangering the life and fertility of their partner because they willingly cheated during the course of the relationship. It’s just not fair,  if you have to cheat, leave that person alone. Let them link up with a like-minded individual who will be faithful and loving. The only part about being single again, dating and having sex is now they will need to consider new birth control methods. For your convenience, I’ve included a list below from http://www.contracept.org/stds.php. Don’t forget the dental dams too since they are not on this list!

Contraceptive Method Bacterial Infections Viral Infections
Condoms Usually protective Protective, but not for HPV
Spermicides Not Protective Increases risk of HIV
Diaphragm Protective against cervical infection
Can facilitate vaginal bacterial overgrowth
Protective against
cervical tumors
Oral Contraceptives /
Hormonal Methods
Increases risk of chlamydia and gonorrhea Increases risk of HIV
Withdrawal Slightly protective Slightly protective
IUD Increases risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) Not Protective
Fertility Awareness Not Protective Not Protective
Cervical Cap (FemCap) Potentially protective against chlamydia and gonorrhea. Research currently underway. Potentially protective against HIV. Research currently underway.

I wanted to bring up this topic because of a show on Oxygen; Prancing Elites. One of the gay male dancers has been experiencing some health issues on the show and it was revealed this week that he contracted HIV from his boyfriend who cheated on him. This is what he had to say,

“I’ve never been boy crazy,” Davis said, explaining that anger was one of the emotions he’d been carrying. “I did everything I was supposed to do in my relationship. I thought I was in a fairy tale. I thought I was in happily ever after. And then I was cheated on.” He could feel sympathy for “wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends” infected by unfaithful partners, he said.

Keep your head up Kareem! You are in our prayers! Regardless of his sexual orientation, this could happen to anyone who is sexually active, shares intravenous needles or shares sex toys!! Be careful people and if you suspect your mate of cheating, confront them before you end up with an incurable disease. Cheaters…stop…think….leave…and protect the one who loves you even if that means losing them.

KT

 

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77 Super Fun Date Ideas

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”  -Dr. Seuss

As a work at home mama, I like to get creative and find fun, new ways to connect with my hubby. Here is my super fun list. Feel free to comment with more ideas. God bless you!

 1. Make chocolate covered strawberries
77 Super fun date ideas by StayAtHomeSusie.com
2. Paris night: get a baguette, French wine, and cheese!
3. Read your favorite books to one another
4. Bake cookies together
5. Watch the sunrise, then make breakfast together
6. Attend a local soccer game
7. Watch an entire season of your fav TV show
8. Go for a long drive
9. Planetarium
10. Art gallery
11. Play board games
12. Movie
13. Visit garage sales
14. Volunteer for a homeless shelter
15. Go dancing
16. Go to the driving range
17. Build a snowman
18. Ride go-carts
19. Rent a movie

20. Have a carpet picnic

21. Go to an arcade
22. Play Frisbee
23. Go kayaking
24. Go ice skating
25. Visit the pumpkin farm
26. Go to a forest preserve
27. Go to a ballet performance
28. Visit a place listed in an entertainment book
29. Bike riding
31. Bowling
32. Haunted house
33. Out for coffee
34. Visit a flea market
35. Play bingo
36. Go to an opera
37. Swing by a bookstore
38. Visit another city
39. Go hear jazz or reggae
40. See an NBA game
41. Play in the batting cages
42. Vegas anyone, lol?
43. Piano bar
44. Visit a nursing home and hand out flowers to everyone
 

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Board Games and Take-out

Board Games And Take-Out

If you’re more of the stay at home type, make sure to do something fun for date night! Order take-out from your favorite place and settle in for a night of board games! Video games are a little too intense for date night and #people tend to become wrapped up in them. Board games keep the communication flowing. Put on some of your favorite tunes in the background and just have a blast playing your favorite games from your childhood!

It doesn’t matter what your date night consists of as long as you make #time to show your spouse you still care about them as much as you did when you were dating, if not more. It is so important to keep your relationship active and not let it sit on the back burner. Even though you’ve already won over your significant other, that doesn’t mean you can give up on making them fall in love with you over and over again. Keeping the romance alive is the key to a long lasting #relationship. What is the best date you’ve ever gone on as a married couple?

For more ideas please visit http://love.allwomenstalk.com/date-night-ideas-for-married-couples/7/

 

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5. Try geocaching.

This modern-day real-world treasure hunt is the perfect adventure. Visit geocaching.com to begin your active escapade. Who knows what you’ll find!

 

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Perfect Date: Be Part of an Audience
Whether you go to the symphony or a comedy club, attending an event together meets the needs of extroverts and introverts. "You're out among other people, but it's intimate in that you're listening together or laughing together," Schwartz points out.

 

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