5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Love Life
This time of year, as we sort through piles of junk in our homes and make an effort to declutter, we often miss the most important area - our relationships.(6 Photos)
Make Room for Love
This spring, make a commitment to move on from the people who don't believe in you, or have your best interest at heart. Time's limited so why spend it with, or dwelling, on people who can't reciprocate your commitment?
Make room for better relationships with these five tips. Happy cleaning!Masterfile
Date the Person, Not the Potential
It's wonderful to believe that the guy you're seeing will come around and treat you the way you deserve. However, you're more likely to find success in love by focusing on what the person is doing (or not doing!) to show his commitment today. The adage, ‘actions speak louder than words’ should be applied to all of your relationships.Masterfile
Get Rid of the Evidence
If you've been hanging onto the shirt that smells of Eau de Ex, or haven't put away the photo of you and him embracing, now’s the time! The simple fact is you'll forget about what a bad match you were when you focus on items that point to a happy time you shared. You don't need to burn all cards and photos; but it's not helpful to have these things around if you're trying to move on.Masterfile
Unfollow, Ignore and/or Defriend
Love and Learn
I've edited the famous expression to, ‘It's Better to Have Loved and Learned, Than Never to Have Loved At All’ (sorry Tennyson). Whether you're mourning an ex or the sad state of your dating life, there's a lot to learn from your failed relationships. Every bad date or relationship teaches you more about what you want in a partner, and how you want it to show up. Bring that into your next relationship.Masterfile
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone!
Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you want different results in your love life, you have to do - and date - differently. This may mean going to new places to meet new people, dating people who wouldn't normally be ‘your type’, or stretching yourself emotionally. Part of spring cleaning your life is making a commitment to dust off things (read: dating patterns) that are no longer working for you.
Celebrate the new season by purging toxic friends (those who constantly leave you feeling drained) and ex-lovers. Put them in the same messy pile as the rest of your spring cleaning efforts, so that you can invite healthier and happier relationships into your space.
Andrea Syrtash is a relationship expert and author of He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband).
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