Love & Relationships 5 ways to avoid the temptation to cheat

Cheating has always been, still is, and forever will be a bad thing. It’s as plain and simple as that.

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Avoiding the temptation to cheat is an exercise every couple should be dedicated to play

Avoiding the temptation to cheat is an exercise every couple should be dedicated to

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Understandably, the decision to stay faithful to your partner, or to your marriage vows will take a lot of energy, strongwill and restraint, but hey, you chose this, didn’t you?

The least that is expected of you is to have the balls [and I’m not referring to only men here] to stay true to that person you decided to enter into a relationship with.

When you are faced with temptations, [believe me, you will] these are some of the things that will help you out.

1. Be determined

Whatever will happen will first happen in your mind, so you need to decide to never entertain the thought of ever cheating on your spouse.

The thought will cross your mind, but you can't allow it have a firm grip in there.

You should choose to hold your end of the bargain, regardless of what your spouse does or does not do.

play Cheating only ends in pain for both the cheater and the cheated (Freakily)

Of course, I have to repeat here that being faithful is not an easy thing to do as you’ll be tempted a lot and your determination alone might not be enough, which is why you need the other.

2. Limit opportunity

If you never get in a situation to cheat on your partner, you’ll most likely not.

Hence, it’ll do you a world of good to limit or totally cut off ties with everyone who might be too tempting to ignore.

play Don't think you can handle it alone. You might need to talk to someone (Thinkyouknow)

Stay away from old flames and people with whom you’ve had sexual relationships in the past.

3. Get your spouse involved

Becoming married or getting into a relationship does not mean that you have to leave every other person you were once close to.

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However, to avoid the temptation of falling for someone else, or them falling for you, you need to always find a way to remind them [and yourself] that you are now committed to someone else who deserves your loyalty.

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What to do when you're not really drawn to him

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Wear your wedding ring, find a way to bring up your spouse’s name in conversations with them.

That, plus your strong determination to be faithful should be enough to ward off any chance of becoming tempted to cheat.

4. Keep your emotional issues for your partner only

When your partner offends you, or does something wrong, and refuses to see reason with you, sharing it and asking for someone else’s opinion might seem like the easiest thing to do. [Especially someone of the opposite sex]

You say “I just needed someone to talk to and he or she was there.”

play Never put yourself in a situation where you end up trapped (Carolynedgar)

Well done. Continue.

You should know that sharing sensitive information about each other is how many emotional bonds begin.

Soon a shoulder to cry on might soon become a ‘rod’ to ride on.

Do not get too close. Do not build that emotional connection. You’ll not be able to fight that temptation to cheat.

5. Seek assistance

If you feel tempted to spark up a relationship with someone else, tell someone.

Just tell someone.

Of course the best people that people often find it easy to talk to in these instances are their spiritual heads, and it’s just fine.

Talk to your religious head if that’s who you can fearlessly confide in.

The types of women likely to cheat play No need bottling in your struggles when you could get help by confiding in someone. (News24extra)

 

In the instance where you do not have any, or you feel they cannot be completely trusted, then you might want to meet with professional advisers/ counsellors/ therapists.

Get out, get help! [It might not be a bad idea to go see the professional with your spouse if you are married].

All in all, staying faithful and true to any exclusive relationship requires so much work, and you should be ready to do what is needed.

If not, why on God’s green earth are you in the relationship?

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