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How to December-proof your relationship

December is synonymous with a lot of things: bonuses, an endless supply of dessert and more free time than you know what to do with. It’s also a time when relationships suffer a lot of strain. The “live and let live” attitude that takes over in December can often lead to empty bank accounts, unwanted weight gain and relationship strain.

The good news is that there is something you can do about the matter. No, we’re not going to tell you to lock up your partner or hire a private detective to follow them everywhere they go. There a lot of simple things you can do to make sure your relationship status doesn’t change when the year does. And the best part is that all of them will strengthen your bond.

Party with Your Partner
If there was ever a time to ditch your squad in favour of your partner, it’s now. Comb through the gig guides in your favourite newspaper or entertainment website. There should be a ton of exciting events to choose from. This isn’t about keeping tabs on your partner – it’s about breaking the monotony that sets in once you’ve been with someone for a while. It’s easy to forget how spontaneous and fun someone is when you’ve settled into the routine of a relationship. Remind your special someone why they’re the only person worth spending the festive season with.

Your Baecation Beckons
Picture this: you’re on a coastal holiday destination, soaking in the sun and the beautiful surroundings. The beach is a stone’s throw away, and any worries that followed you from home vanished as soon as you took a sip of the drink in your left hand. What’s missing from this equation? Your partner, of course.

There’s something about going on holiday together that strengthens a couple’s bond. There’s no time to worry about December derailing your relationship when you’re experiencing heaven on Earth. So what are you waiting for? Book a hotel or lodge now while you still have some time!

Say Something
You know how people always go on about communication being the foundation of a stable relationship? Well, that’s not just a cliché thrown around by relationship experts and well-intentioned friends. A relationship hinges on how well you’re able to get something off your chest, so why not just tell your partner you’re worried? We understand that this is easier said than done. Some things, no matter how politely they’re said, could come across as an attack. It’s like trying to politely tell someone they don’t have fresh breath. There’s no easy way to say it.

The good news is that you’ve got love on your side. If your partner truly cares about you, they won’t interpret your need for reassurance as some accusation.

Don’t let stress get the best of you towards the end of the year. Chances are, the person you’re with now will still be with you next year. As the end of the year draws closer, you may be thinking of resolutions. Whatever ends up on your list, don’t forget to allow yourself to love whomever you want.