Partners can give each other time to build back trust in a relationship. Here are a few ways that might help you.
The most essential ingredient that strengthens the bond between partners is trust. It is the foundation of every relationship and the future that every relationship relies on it. We often hear people say that trust once broken cannot be rebuilt. However, if two individuals decide to work things together in a patient manner, it can be fixed. "The rebuilding of trust takes time, patience, and work, just as it does to establish it in the first place," says Andrea Bonior Ph.D. in Psychology Today. Here are a few ways by which you can build trust.
The way you treat your partner is very important. If you are a person who takes every opportunity to belittle your partner, it will negatively impact the bond you two share. Disrespectful and rude attitude can destroy the peace and harmony of the relationship. In such a scenario, partners often develop trust issues. However, it does not mean you have to hide your emotions and act formal and polite very often. All you have to do is to practice basic respect. When you treat your partner with dignity, it shows them that you value them. This is a great step to showing them you are a trustworthy partner.
As humans, we all make mistakes. But owning up to it makes all the difference. Opening up to your partner and admitting your wrongdoing is a great way to start rebuilding trust. However, blaming others or even the circumstances is not advisable. When you are ready to admit to your most horrible mistakes, your partner will know that you are ready to show them your vulnerable side. If you are trying to act like the perfect one, you are giving reasons to your partner to doubt you again.
When partners are trying to build trust, they should be able to believe each other's words. Making promises and not following it can affect your relationship. Your partner needs to see that you are a person who keeps your word. If you think you cannot do something they have asked, it is better to voice the fact than make a false promise.
Regardless of how trivial the matter is, make sure you only say what you mean. By doing so, you are letting your partner know that you are a believable individual. "..if you are looking to increase trust within your relationship, it's imperative that you stop saying things that you won't follow through on, or that don't represent your actual feelings," says Bonior.
Poor communication can give way to a lot of misinterpretations and misunderstandings. As you have already undergone trust issues in the past, improper communication can give way to more doubts and unnecessary worry. Therefore, be clear with each other and avoid situations that can give way to more problems in the relationship. Keep each other updated and prove you can be trusted through your honest behavior.
Transparency between partners is fundamental when you want to bring back the trust factor. So, having personal secrets that may affect your relationship with your partner can create problems. Being ready to share everything honestly with your partner will create a big difference. Spilling out dark secrets to each other is a sign of trust. Trying to be upfront about everything pertaining to each other will help the relationship grow.