For stronger bonds: 5 ways to build trust and intimacy in a relationship

Want a healthy and successful relationship? Build trust and intimacy, which are two of the most critical factors in any successful relationship.
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Intimacy can make your relationship stronger. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Team Health Shots Published: 29 Jan 2023, 13:30 pm IST
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When it comes to a successful relationship, intimacy and trust are two of the most critical factors. Intimacy fosters a deeper emotional connection and allows you and your partner to feel more open and vulnerable with each other. It is also essential for creating a safe space to build trust, as it opens up channels of communication and understanding between two people. Establishing trust between you and your partner is crucial for building a solid foundation for the relationship’s future. When trust is built, it is easier for difficulties to be resolved quickly, to maintain an open dialogue about future plans, and to keep expectations realistic. Without trust, there can be suspicion and jealousy, making room for insecurity from you or your partner, thus ruining a healthy relationship. So, build trust and intimacy in your relationship.

We know that a healthy relationship should be built on honesty, loyalty and respect, but don’t ignore trust and intimacy (tips to build a healthy relationship).

Dr Chandni Tugnait, M.D. (Alternative Medicines), Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Business Coach, NLP Expert, Healer, Founder, and Director of Gateway of Healing shares five ways to foster intimacy and trust in a relationship.

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Trust and intimacy in a relationship are extremely important. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

1. Communicate openly and honestly

You can build intimacy with your partner with the power of communication. It is essential for any relationship to thrive and flourish. Without proper communication, relationships can quickly become strained and sometimes even broken. Effective communication means being honest about your feelings and thoughts, even when it seems difficult or uncomfortable. Avoiding conflicts by withholding information might seem like a good idea right now, but it can only damage trust in the long run.

2. Practice active listening

Pay attention to your partner’s words and body language while communicating with them. Acknowledge what they are saying without judgment and make sure that they feel genuinely heard and understood. Hold a safe space for conversations and don’t zone out.

3. Spend quality time together

Quality time shared with a loved one can help to foster intimacy while strengthening trust in a relationship. Make plans like do daily workout or do something spontaneous; either way, set aside time to share with your partner without distractions each week.

4. Express gratitude regularly

There are many benefits of gratitude, which is why you must practice it every day. Being thankful for the small things helps to reinforce positive experiences in relationships, leading to deeper connections over time. Thanking your partner for things like cooking dinner or doing chores can encourage them to continue these behaviours too. So, be use those two words more frequently.

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Celebrate little victories with your partner. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Celebrate successes and milestones

From completing a project at work to making it through hard times, celebrating life’s little victories can go a long way towards carving out lasting bonds with your partner and helping each other recognise strengths separately and together as a couple or family unit.

Nurturing intimacy and trust gives couples a safe space to grow together with comfort and security so that they may feel loved by one another. Couples gains strength in their relationships as they create unforgettable memories throughout their lifetime.

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