Healthy relationships feel good and bring you up while unhealthy ones don’t feel great and can sometimes make you unhappy.
Everyone deserves to be in a healthy, loving relationship and with the right person by your side, a healthy relationship is completely attainable.
If you want to be that healthy couple, here are 5 vital steps to having a healthy relationship.
You’ve definitely heard the saying “communication is key.” But it’s a saying for a reason. Good communication is one of the most important aspects to having a healthy relationship. When starting a new relationship, it’s important to be able to talk about what you both want and expect.
Sometimes this means being honest and having uncomfortable conversations, if you’re in a healthy relationship your partner will be receptive and listening. Finding a communication balance that you’re both comfortable with is super important.
Listening to your partner and trying to understand their perspective is a key way to show respect in your relationship. Don’t try to persuade them to change their mind about things that are important to them. In a healthy relationship, both partners should have mutual respect for one another.
Another key way to establish respect in a relationship is to be considerate of your partner’s privacy and boundaries. You are not entitled to know everything that your partner does and everyone who they interact with. It also means being mindful of your partner’s feelings and not doing things that might really hurt them, like keeping things that are supposed to be private just between you two.
We all have personal boundaries on what makes us feel good, comfortable, safe, etc. In a healthy relationship, you should feel 100% comfortable communicating those boundaries and know that they should be respected. Remember that you shouldn’t feel nervous or scared to set personal boundaries in any relationship. And if you feel like your partner or friend is using boundaries to control you, like telling you not to hang out with friends or requiring you to share passwords, it’s time to rethink the relationship.
This is a big factor. All healthy relationships require mutual and unguarded trust between partners. Regardless of what either partner has experienced in the past, like a cheating ex or a parent’s divorce, in a healthy relationship your partner should trust you completely. Remember that it takes time to build trust in a relationship and that when your partner fully trusts you with their feelings, you should respect them and not betray their trust. Steadfast affection, support, respect, and communication will naturally strengthen the trust in your relationship.
One of the best things about being in a healthy relationship is having a supportive partner who you know has your back. Whether it’s being there for you when someone says something mean about you, or always being that person you can rely on, in a healthy relationship you and your partner should support each other and treat each other as equals. Your partner won’t use tactics to manipulate you, control you or put you down. They should be protective of you, but not overly possessive.
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