Healthy Relationships – Love is Respect
To take a turn from some of the more light hearted posts made on this blog, something that we haven't talked about is healthy relationships. In a time where a lot of people are away from home for the very first time, and often creating new and lasting relationships with those around them. So let's talk about what a healthy relationship looks like.
All of the following information is coming from http://www.loveisrespect.org/healthy-relationships/. This is a shortened and condensed version of what they have for easy reading – but for more information, please visit that website.
Open, honest and safe communication that is a foundational part of healthy relationships. This can include making sure you both understand each others needs, as well as expectations. The following tips can help you create and maintain a healthy relationship
- Speak Up
- If something is bothering you, it is best to talk about it with your partner as opposed to holding it in.
- Respect Each Other
- Your partner's wishes and feelings deserve are as important as yours, value both of yours. Let your partner know that you are keeping their ideas in mind.
- Disagreements and conflicts are a natural part of healthy relationships, but it is important you find a way to find a compromise if you do disagree on something. Try your best to be fair and rational.
- Be Supportive
- Offer reassurance to your partner, and communicate when you yourself are in need of support. Remember that a relationship is about building someone up, not tearing them down.
- Respect Each Other's Privacy
- Just because you are in a relationship, that doesn't mean you have to share everything, or constantly be together. A healthy relationship requires space.
Creating boundaries is a good way to keep your relationship healthy and secure. By setting boundaries together you can create an understanding of what kind of relationship you and your partner want.
Boundaries aren't supposed to make you feel trapped, think more so of an expression of what you would, and wouldn't like to happen. Healthy boundaries shouldn't restrict your ability to:
- Go out with friends without your partner
- Participate in activities or hobbies you like
- Not have to share you passwords for email, social media or your phone
- Respect each others individual likes and needs
Like I said before, this is the more basic information that is provided on this website a resource, so for any more in-depth content, I highly recommend you go to the website and check it out. http://www.loveisrespect.org