Among the ups, the downs, the way, way ups, it’s no secret that relationships are tough.
But the sweet reward of being loved and getting to love someone in return is what inspires all of us to navigate these choppy waters.
Sometimes, though, we need help figuring it out. We asked the Men’s Health Clinic readers to anonymously share the best relationship advice they’ve ever received. Below, is what they had to say:
I’ve been with my husband for 12 years. Because of my mom’s advice, I don’t panic when we’re going through a tough time; I look forward to falling in love with my husband again.
And that moment is usually not sexy, like when one of our kids vomits in the middle of the night and he gets up to help me clean it up and then touches my foot with his foot when we finally climb back into bed. That’s love.
It was the most intense wake-up-call piece of advice I’ve ever received, and I now repeat it like a parrot to anyone asking for advice. You can’t help anyone else until your own oxygen mask is firmly fitted.
Oftentimes, by wanting this so badly, you push other people into boxes that they don’t want to be in, instead of taking things at face value, and the situation blows up in your face fairly quickly.