If you've started to master how to be mindful, there's a good chance you'll want to spread it to other areas of your life. It's one of the best ways to deal with stress, which can keep us from achieving and doing the things we want. "Oftentimes our stress or other forms of suffering comes not from the experience itself, but rather our resistance to what we are experiencing," Fara Tucker, a licensed clinical social worker in Portland, tells Bustle. "We resist being anxious, or sad, or cold, or being stuck in traffic, or feeling pain in our bodies. It's understandable to want to reject or resist these perceived negative experiences. However, the resistance makes us focus on the thing more and causes more tension."
So if you've realized how much mindfulness can help each that tension, it makes sense that you'd want to incorporate it into your relationship. It can make your relationship feel less stressful, more connected, and help give you a better understanding of your partner. But because it can be such a personal thing, it may seem intimidating to try to do it with another person. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to start to make your relationship more mindful.