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These Top 7 Simple Ways to Reconnect and Refocus Your Relationship

Is yourImagine feeling more connected and focused on your relationship relationship
suffering from lack of focus?

Does it feel scattered? Does your relationship feel like it has a life of its own and if it were a person, it would be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder?

Before I had children, I was extremely focused. When they came along, I swear that my memory was horrible, I had a hard time focusing on tasks and it took a long time to get ordinary chores done.

Partly, it was because of the lack of sleep.

Most of it, though, was due to interruptions. The phone would ring (constantly), there were trips back and forth to school, there were meetings, play dates, my job, dropping the kids off at sports events, meals to be made…the list goes on and on…

The same factors affect our relationships, don’t they…being so busy…that there is no time or priority given to your relationships…with children…with family…or with your partner.

Getting Laser Focused on Your Relationship

Let’s say you have made a decision to spend some time with your significant other. You go out to dinner at a good restaurant. If you want a boost in your connection level, do this to minimize distractions and interruptions:

  • Stop multitasking…no…when you are on the phone putting out fires at work while having dinner with your sweetheart…that is not quality time, is it?
  • Stop texting. Whoever is on the end of your phone can wait. If you are having a conversation with someone, ignore the sound of a text coming in. There is no rule that says that texts need to be answered immediately.
  • Stop scrolling through your social media. That’s right. Yes…social media plays a BIG part in our life today and I am grateful for the connection that it provides with all my friends/family/clients that live miles away. However, there is a time and a place for social media.
  • Stop checking your email. It’s the same idea as no texting, isn’t it? Have a regular time for doing that; schedule it for a time when you’re not with your sweetheart.
  • Stop talking about the kids. Find a common interest that you can talk about and you could even talk about what you appreciate about each other.

Your relationship deserves to have boundaries to protect it, just like you have boundaries…if a relationship is not nurtured and protected, it will falter….

Relationship Connections Are Made These 7 Ways

So, I have given you a laundry list of what not to do…what can you do to feel more connected?

  1. Look into each other’s eyes.
  2. Touch/hug. Even the brief touch of fingertips across a table is a way of connecting. We all need touch.
  3. Smile at each other. Laugh with each other.
  4. Share a 6 second kiss with each other, daily.
  5. Text, email or phone each other throughout the day, but not when you’re sitting across the table from each other. ; )
  6. Walk together.
  7. Share what you are grateful for. I know a couple who write down 5 things they are grateful for in a journal each evening…and then they share that with each other. It is a beautiful experience because that gratitude sheds its light on your relationship…

There is a great reward in slowing down and allowing yourself to focus on your relationship…to feel more connected to your partner…you can have that…if you have the basics there…love…shared values…then it is easy to get that laser focus back…and feel those feelings again…

“Drive your own life…you deserve to, don’t you?” Sherie Venner

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I am a Relationship Coach who helps others create happy, healthy, loving relationships…including the relationship they have with themselves…by breaking through those blocks and barriers to success. I use various techniques gathered through training as a Master Practitioner of NLP, timeline, hypnosis and common sense gathered through life experience.

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  • Helena March 24, 2013, 8:32 pm

    Great tips Sherie! It’s great that you talk about really being with your partner, instead of just in the same room only talking or texting. It seems like common sense to pay attention to the person in the room, but it always amazes me at how much more important we think it is to answer the text instead.
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  • Yvonne March 22, 2013, 7:51 pm

    I got a funny story for you… my better half and I work and live together, spending often 24/7 with each other. Never splitting without a kiss and a “love you”. But we are also geeks/nerds…
    So one of these nights we are at dinner at our local fav place, both on our tablet browsing, answering emails, what ever. A (drunken) guest says to us: “most be a pretty screwed relationship you hev, having dinner but instead of talking being on your devices” and I had to tell him “not as screwed up as you think” (he had just yelled at his girlfriend on the phone 10 minutes before)
    Relationships can look wagged to you, yes..especially ours. 21 years age difference, sitting at dinner on our tabs..but you know what?! We never fight, not once in the over five years we are together, yes we might have a dif opinion once in a while but we discuss it and one changes or we agree to disagree..
    We can spend 24/7…7 days a week with each other without annoying us and always have something to talk about…
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    • Sherie March 22, 2013, 8:37 pm

      Yvonne, thanks for your insights. There is always an exception to the “being on devices” rule…and since you are together 7 days a week, you probably have lots of together time. Most couples don’t have that luxury. They work at jobs in different places and often, have different shifts. For them, when they are together, they need to be together…and stay off the phones or tablets…when they are having that together time.
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  • Lorii Abela March 20, 2013, 1:55 am

    Excellent post Sherie. Your tips to rekindle the fire on relationships are amazing – especially the 6 second kssing part. LOL

  • Sharon O'Day March 19, 2013, 6:51 pm

    Sherie, I used to say that you could tell married couples from newly dating couples because the married ones were the ones who looked bored and the dating ones were engaged in conversation. Today you can’t tell them apart: both couples are texting other people instead of even acknowledging each other. Their loss!
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  • Wonderful post, Sherie, with tips that can be tweaked a bit and used in any relationship – such as that with a child. Thanks for such an important wake-up call in this day and age of constant connectivity!
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    • Sherie March 19, 2013, 8:45 pm

      You’re right, Lisa, these tips can be used in relationships with children, friends, and family as well. Thanks so much for commenting!
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  • Daniele Holmberg March 19, 2013, 10:04 am

    These are great points you make above:) I sometimes feel that my husband and I spend way too much time on the computers and sometimes do not have enough face time during the week. We are working on changing this process. Thanks for the tips:)

  • Moira Hutchison March 19, 2013, 8:45 am

    Excellent tips here Sherie! I liked the tip about texting one another but not when sitting in front of each other – my husband and I have done that… but just for fun ;). I think that laughing together on a regular basis is good too!
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  • MamaRed March 19, 2013, 7:28 am

    You touched on one of my big beefs Sherie…when you’re with someone, I find it extremely rude (there, I said it!) for someone to be staring at their smart phone, constantly answering someone else. I find it true in personal relationships and business ones!
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  • Erin March 19, 2013, 2:55 am

    These are all great tips for every couple to remember! LOL to the one about texting each other when sitting across from them!
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  • Meryl Hershey Beck March 18, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Sherie, many times we get side tracked by “life” and forget to foster our personal relationships. Your tips are clear, easy, and sound fun! Thanks for sharing 😉
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  • Leslie Yerger March 18, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Thanks Sherrie. I noticed at least 3 of your tips had to do with electronics. I am seeing the electronics are really getting in the way of relationships of all types, not just romantic ones. The Iphones, etc. can be really addicting and pull us away from those who really matter most to us!

    What you are saying is so pertinent to society right now!

  • Alexandra McAllister March 18, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the helpful tips, Sherie! I especially like: “Stop scrolling through your social media.” Thank goodness I am not in a relationship because with the amount of time I’m online, I wouldn’t have time for one! LOL! Another one I like is: “Look into each other’s eyes.” So many couples do not take the time to do this. It is important! 🙂
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  • Carolyn Hughes March 18, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I followed your 6 second tip Sherie and I can tell you that it works 😉
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  • BettyLou March 18, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I loved the one about the 6 second kiss!! Keep up the great work!
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  • Dawn Lanier March 18, 2013, 11:43 am

    It’s so important to stay focused on your relationship, especially if you’ve been together for a long time. Thanks for these ideas Sherie!
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    • Sherie March 19, 2013, 8:52 pm

      You’re welcome, Dawn, and you’re right…the longer you are together, the more important it is to stay focused…instead of taking each other for granted!
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  • Explode Your Business ONLINE March 18, 2013, 10:56 am

    Stop talking about the kids: That is the one here! It’s more stop talking about the grandkids, but the same… lol. Great points made here. Thanks!
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  • Pat Moon March 18, 2013, 10:36 am

    Sherie, you have mentioned some very good points. For years my husband worked away from home 4 to 5 days & nights a week and only came home on weekends. During those years I worked out of our home for the most part with some outside sales. When he retired 8 years ago, I had quite an adjustment to make because he was used to my undivided attention on weekends and was not used to me being busy when he was home. It is something we still struggle with because he feels ignored when I am working and I feel guilty about not doing things with him. We are working through it but it has definitely taken some adjusting.
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    • Sherie March 19, 2013, 8:58 pm

      A lot of couples have huge adjustments to make at retirement time, Pat. Glad to here you are working through it. My parents had a similar situation and my Dad had to find some hobbies to fill in the time that he used to spend working. He had become a very good cook and baker. I have had some very fine jams and jellies that he has made! : D
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  • Angela March 18, 2013, 9:51 am

    Having a buddy always helps me and I need to find one here.;-)
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  • Angela March 18, 2013, 9:42 am

    This came at the perfect time for me!! I needed this today for hubby and I.
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  • Shari March 18, 2013, 9:21 am

    It’s striking how many of the distractions that interfere with relationships are related to electronic devices. I’ve been spending more time unplugged recently and doing that deepens the quality of a lot of experiences — and not just with other people. Thanks for another great post, Sherie.
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  • Tom H March 18, 2013, 9:12 am

    Great advice Sherie,
    I forgot my smart phone at home for a 48 hour period and it was amazing how many non-verbal body language I was catching from my wife and friends that I know I would have missed by being constantly stimulated by my phone buzzing. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Elizabeth Maness March 18, 2013, 7:44 am

    these are great! I’ve started the 6 second kiss to start and end the day! I’ll just say VERY effective! lol Thanks doll!
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  • Martha Giffen March 18, 2013, 6:51 am

    Wonderful post! I especially like the sharing of daily gratitudes. I’m going to suggest to my husband that we implement that 🙂
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  • Carolyn Hughes November 2, 2012, 9:50 am

    I love your points here Sherie. Making time for sharing even small moments together can make a big difference! Just curious as to why the kiss should be 6 seconds? 🙂
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    • Sherie November 2, 2012, 12:22 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn, I love that you read them! There is no hard and fast rule as to how long a kiss…it’s just that quite often, we kiss quickly…and if you take at least 6 seconds (you can do longer, of course, lol), then you connect, more. Try it and see! ; D