Healthy Relationships What is a Healthy Relationship? Different people define relationships in different ways. But in order for a relationship to be healthy, it needs a few key ingredients! Healthy Communication Open, honest and safe communication is a fundamental part of a healthy relationship. That means you have to talk to each other!
The following tips can help you and your partner create and maintain a healthy relationship: Let your significant other know you are making an effort to keep their ideas in mind. Mutual respect is essential in maintaining healthy relationships. Try to solve conflicts in a fair and rational way. Offer reassurance and encouragement to each other. Also, let your partner know when you need their support.
Healthy relationships are about building each other up, not putting each other down. Healthy relationships require space. Healthy Boundaries Creating boundaries is a good way to keep your relationship healthy and secure. By setting boundaries together, you can both have a deeper understanding of the type of relationship that you and your partner want. Go out with your friends without your partner. Participate in activities and hobbies you like. Not have to share passwords to your email, social media accounts or phone.
Healthy Relationship Boosters Even healthy relationships can use a boost now and then. You may need a boost if you feel disconnected from your partner or like the relationship has gotten stale.
If so, find a fun, simple activity you both enjoy, like going on a walk, and talk about the reasons why you want to be in the relationship. Then, keep using healthy behaviors as you continue dating. Try going out with the people you love and care about the most — watch movies together, go out to eat, take a day off from your busy life and just enjoy being you!
If it helps, also talk about your feelings about the relationships in your life. If you just want them to listen, start by telling them that. Then ask what makes relationships good and what makes them bad? Along the way, if you need advice, feel free to contact us. Relationships that are not healthy are based on power and control, not equality and respect. In the early stages of an abusive relationship, you may not think the unhealthy behaviors are a big deal. However, possessiveness, insults, jealous accusations, yelling, humiliation, pulling hair, pushing or other abusive behaviors, are — at their root — exertions of power and control.
Remember that abuse is always a choice and you deserve to be respected. There is no excuse for abuse of any kind.
Consider these points as you move forward: Understand that a person can only change if they want to. Focus on your own needs. Are you taking care of yourself? Your wellness is always important. Watch your stress levels, take time to be with friends, get enough sleep. If you find that your relationship is draining you, consider ending it. Connect with your support systems. Often, abusers try to isolate their partners. Remember, our advocates are always ready to talk if you need a listening ear.
Think about breaking up. Remember that you deserve to feel safe and accepted in your relationship. Even though you cannot change your partner, you can make changes in your own life to stay safe. Consider leaving your partner before the abuse gets worse. Whether you decide to leave or stay, make sure to use our safety planning tips to stay safe. Remember, you have many options — including obtaining a domestic violence restraining order. Laws vary from state to state so chat with a peer advocate to learn more.
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