Every relationship has ups and downs. Some days may feel amazing, while others may leave you crying. The key to weathering these storms is to build a relationship of trust and openness right from the start. 1. Avoid conflicts According to American psychologist Cynthia Catchings, one of the most common misconceptions is that couples in healthy relationships never argue. In fact, the conflict should not include name-calling, accusations or physical violence. Instead, focus on identifying where your own needs are not being met, and be open about this with your partner so they know how best to support you. 2. Avoid jumping to conclusions It's easy to jump to conclusions when you're in pain. But not everything we hear should be interpreted the way we think. Take a deep breath, practice self-soothing, and when you feel an even emotional state, ask for clarifications that are important for a clearer understanding of the situation. 3. Be open to change By trying to prevent someone from changing, you can push them away. “Every person should have the freedom to grow, change, develop. A strong relationship is that each of you develops in a way that allows both of you to be in a new place together. It's important to acknowledge that change is inevitable and be open to the new adventures that lie ahead for you, your partner, and your relationship. says Catchings.