There are plenty of couples who’ve stayed together and worked through their issues because of couples counseling, but it’s not for everyone. So if you’re having a tough time with your relationship and you want to work on your issues without talking to a stranger about them, here are some therapy alternatives that can strengthen your bond.
Go on a couples retreat - But it doesn’t have to be an actual getaway designed for couples going through a rough patch, it could just be a trip for you two, or a group vacay. The point is to get a change of scenery and some R and R, because research shows that traveling with your S.O. can leave you on a high and that “afterglow” can last for up to a month. So pack your bags!
DIY therapy at home - Check out some relationship self-help books or some courses online and make sure you’re working on communicating as a couple. You can work on your relationship without the help of a professional, but you have to be consistent and open minded about making things work.
Don’t forget about date nights - You know that spending time alone as a couple is important to keeping the spark alive, but life gets in the way and months go by without having a date night. Even if it’s just a glass of wine on the couch and a few minutes of quality time together, make it happen.
Find something you both enjoy - Sharing experiences will help connect in a new way, so find a class you’re both interested in, visit a museum together, or go for a hike - just do something you both think is fun and enjoy each other.