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How To Give Your Relationship A Fresh Start In 2020

2. Do A Ritual To Let Go Of the Past

To really give yourself a fresh start in 2020, it’s important to let go of the negative thoughts and feelings that are holding you back from having the relationship that you want. “Grudges are an awfully heavy thing to carry around, and being weighed down as you step into a new year is not good for you, your partner, or your relationship,” Jenny Block, sex and relationship expert, tells Bustle. Make it a point to let go of hurt feelings and disagreements, and agree to start the year with a clean slate.

You can even do a ritual to help you let go of the past, Block says. Make a list of all the things you both want to leave behind and then burn it or rip it up into little pieces. If you’re anywhere near water, you can take a rock, hold it in your hand and think about what you want to release. Once you’re ready, throw the rock as far as you can into the water.

3. Learn Each Other’s Love Languages

The start of the new year is a good time to talk about your love languages, aka how your partner expresses love. Is it through words or do they show it by doing acts of service? “It might sound cheesy, but it’s truly important to understand how you and your partner both like to receive love, so then you know the best way to give it,” Julie Lauren, relationship expert and author of Oops!: An Insider’s Guide to Dating, Sex, and Relationships in Your 20s, tells Bustle.

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