Don't take your relationship for granted and work hard to stop infidelity before it starts
Sadly, more and more marriages and relationships are falling apart because of cheating. Some people even go into relationships thinking that infidelity is just a fact of life. But affairs are not normal, and we shouldn’t resign ourselves to the inevitability of cheating.
It’s important to note that if you ever get cheated on, it is not your fault. But you can prevent infidelity by looking out for the warning signs and making sure that you and your partner’s needs are met. The best way to prevent an affair is making sure that your relationship is rock solid—both of you need to work hard to make it the best it can be. Here are some ways you can safeguard your relationship from cheating, from Redbook and Lifehack.
1. Prioritize each other
If you notice that you spend your free time on social media instead of bonding with your husband, or if you see that he’d rather space out in front of the television instead of paying attention to you, you should realign your priorities. If you think that you need to prioritize your husband more, make more of an effort. If you feel like you’re being neglected, tell him how you feel so that he can attend to your needs.
2. Set out ground rules
Talk to your partner about how you expect each other to act with other people. For example, one of you might think that flirting with other people is harmless while the other might think that that qualifies as cheating. Laying out the ground rules will save both of you from future disagreements.
3. Be open with each other
Try to foster a kind of relationship where you can tell each other about anything and everything. Your partner should feel safe enough to share his innermost thoughts and feelings with you. An atmosphere of honesty and compassion will help you understand each other better so that you can better fulfill each other’s needs and wants.
On the next page: more tips on how to prevent cheating in your marriage.