Trust is a key building block in the foundation of any relationship. In a marriage, trust is critical for the long-term success of the relationship. If trust has been damaged in a relationship, it is vital to take immediate steps to build trust and heal the relationship. Taking responsibility, allowing time to heal, demonstrating compassion and consistently demonstrating integrity go a long way toward healing a relationship and re-establishing trust.
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Take responsibility for your actions. Whether you broke your husband's trust as the result of an affair or a lie, taking personal responsibility for your actions is the first step in healing the relationship. Each person is responsible for her own choices. Although it can be hard, accepting and acknowledging that the actions that you took damaged the relationship is an important first step.
Give your husband time to heal. You naturally want your feelings of guilt and shame to go away quickly. There is a tendency to want to sweep things under the rug rather than deal with them. Your husband needs to work through his feelings of anger and betrayal before he can heal and trust again. Recognise that your husband is hurting and that it will take time. Depending on the severity of the incident, it might take days, months or even a year for your husband to fully work through his feelings. Be compassionate and allow your spouse the time he needs to feel secure again.
Act consistently in your efforts to change. Make amends where you can, every day. Focus on keeping your word, every time. Be on time and follow through with what you say that you will do. Make time to talk with your spouse every day, and show affection daily. Make yourself available to participate in at least one social activity with your husband every week. Even if you do not receive the positive feedback that you desire, continue to be honest and affectionate.
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