“Healthy relationships.” This is a term we’re going to be talking about more on The Hotline blog. We want all of our callers to have healthy relationships in their lives.
What exactly do we mean by healthy though? And who decides what is healthy and what’s not? In the coming weeks, we want to look at what makes a healthy relationship so healthy, and what steps can be taken to improve the health of a relationship.
What Is Healthy?
Healthy relationships allow both partners to feel supported and connected but still feel independent. Here are some signs of a healthy relationship.
Treat each other with respect
Feel supported to do things they like
Don’t criticize each other
Allow each other to spend time with friends and family
Listen to each other and compromise
Share some interests such as movies, sports, reading, dancing or music
Aren’t afraid to share their thoughts and feelings
Celebrate each other’s accomplishments and successes
Respect boundaries and do not abuse technology
Trust each other and don’t require their partner to “check in”
Don’t pressure the other to do things that they don’t want to do
Don’t constantly accuse each other of cheating or being unfaithful
There are two major components of healthy relationships: communication and boundaries.
Communication allows you and your partner to have a deep understanding of each other. Do you feel that you can openly talk to your partner? Do you feel heard when you express your feelings? Do you allow your partner the same chance? Communication allows two people to connect.
Setting boundaries is also an important part of a healthy relationship. There are two distinct people in a relationship. While a couple should have shared goals and values, it also matters that both people have their needs met. Each person should express to their partner what they are and are not comfortable with, especially when it comes to their sex life, finances, family and friends, personal space and time.
Ultimately, the two people in the relationship decide what is healthy for them and what is not. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, you should have the freedom to voice your concerns to your partner.
Stay tuned for more information about healthy relationships. How do you define “healthy relationships?” If you need support in your relationship, don’t hesitate to call a Hotline advocate today at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233).
This entry was posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 pm31 6:22 pm
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