Being a supportive partner can mean a lot of different things. Some of it will depend on your partner, but everyone needs support. Firstly, there's the big picture, the big life decision type of support. "One way to become a better partner is by supporting your partner's dreams," relationship counselor Crystal Bradshaw tells Bustle. "Don't know what they are? Don't have a clue if your partner has any? Then you should ask, because this is super important stuff. I'm constantly surprised by my couples when I ask them about their life dreams, values, goals, and hopes... Often, people tell me, 'I don't know what my dream is.'" It's partially your job to help your partner discover keep those goals and dreams alive.
But there's also the other kind of support — the day-to-day being there for them. The little things. And it's actually surprisingly easy to be a supportive partner. Sure, there will be rough patches when you'll find it more stressful and more wearing, if your partner is require more support. But for the most part, being there for your partner requires two things: understanding what they need and then putting that understanding into practice. And a little bit of maintenance will go a long way when things get tough.