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Moving Forward in Medicine with your Significant Other

Moving to a higher position in the medical profession, can greatly affect your life, particularly within the context of your relationship.

It is important to sit down and discuss with your partner your excitement and fear, during this odd phase of life.

Although the transition can make or break a relationship, if both you and your partner make effort, you will surely be sustained.Moving Forward in Medicine with your Significant Other.Important questions to ask your significant other

- What adjustments should we make to prevent stress?

- What are the flaws we have as a couple and how can we overcome them together?

- How can we manage the limited time event together?

Communication 

Healthy communication is crucial in sustaining a happy relationship as it cultivates a far more pleasant and comfortable environment.

At the root of all healthy communication is complete and total honesty as this signals trust within the spousal dynamic. It surely is easier to avoid saying truth, but decisions cannot be made effectively if no one is direct about what they want and what they think. 

Feeling safe enough to express your anger, fear, or joy is a positive sign in a relationship as acting and speaking through honesty helps create a unified partnership.

Working with your partner is much better than working against them, so begin viewing the trails you face in your marriage as reasons to work together as a team.

The more open and cohesive the two of you are, the stronger and more powerful your marriage will be!

How can you communicate better?

- Accept disagreements as being natural and necessary (Because they are).

- Express your true feelings without being hurtful or unreasonable.

- Seek compromise in conflicts and disagreements.

Self-acceptance

Furthermore, at the foundation of all positively functioning relationships are 2 people whose love for each other transcends all obstacles. But how capable are you of loving someone else if you barely love yourself?

If you are content with who you are, you have more energy to spend on those you care for. As physicians, we spend all our time taking care of others so it’s easy to neglect our own needs and wants.

At the end of the day, if you don’t prioritize your mental health and internal bliss, then all your hard work is in vain since you can’t enjoy the life you’ve built for yourself.

Luckily, there are many resources and tactics that can be utilized to fulfill those needs! 

How can you nurture your self-love?

- Take time for yourself daily by running, praying, or meditating.

- Reevaluate your priorities and decide if your time is spent on the things that matter most to you.

Make a plan

You and your partner must sit down and have a conversation about where you are headed and what long-term goals you have. Hashing out these details now prevents you from coming across disagreements in times of high stress and tension.

Making choices about the future can seem scary and overwhelming but remember that you are not in this alone; you have someone by your side, supporting you every step of the way!

Designate time for you and your partner to maturely discuss your plan to preemptively reduce disputes in the future.

What are some practical topics that need to be discussed?

- Where to live?

- Budgets, savings, and retirement.

- Do you want to have kids?

- Main priorities in life and long-term goals.

You are stepping into uncharted territory, and you’re lucky to have a partner by your side to see you through it.

There are many adjustments, trials, and obstacles yet to be put in your path, but you’ve made it too far to give up now!

Moving forward with patience and a desire to keep the relationship strong will keep you and your partner going strong.

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