Many believe that they should work on their relationship with their partner when something happens, or when they go through a rough patch and start to argue more often. Relationships are not like a lifeless object, if a couple goes through a rough patch, it takes time to settle again and a few don’t even make it, if the pain was irreparable.
Take care of your relationship the same way you would take care of your body
Ideally, every individual should take care of their mental state and their relationships as much as they take care of their bodies. We take care of our relationships by enhancing communication and strengthening bonds before going through a rough patch, as a form of prevention. This is the main aim of these workshops! These workshops are not therapy sessions but a series of 5 workshops where couples would be working on their relationship to build a stronger bond. This is in fact the meaning of the name of these workshops; ‘Building antifragile relationships’.
What will the workshop include?
During these workshops, the couples are taught the importance of seeing oneself in the relationship and therefore, moving from the ‘I’ to the ‘us’ as a team, whilst embracing the different values of each individual. On top of this, the couple would be encouraged to invest in strengthening the relationship even when the couple disagree, learning that we can agree that sometimes we disagree but still respecting one another. The couple will also be encouraged to be more playful when intimate and also to invest into an emotional bank; which is based on how much you trust your partner and used on rainy days. If you’re a couple that is interested in attending these workshops you should be ready to challenge yourselves to become stronger together, therefore, as a couple. The intent of these workshops is to work together to build anti-fragile relationships so that the couple can become capable of thriving when faced with stress, becoming stronger and better together.
You can sign up for the Building Anti-Fragile Relationships workshop here.
If you need a little more information on the ‘Building Anti-Fragile Relationships’ workshop, you can check out the event here.
Rachel Osmond is a Family Therapist with Willingness who works with individuals, couples and families. She also has experience with children and adolescents.