Relationships are a huge part of your life. They help you feel supported and confident to take risks, follow your dreams, and deal with the ups and downs of life. But if you’re not in a healthy relationship, they can also be draining and emotionally unhealthy for you. Different types of relationships, from intimate to distant, make up your social support network and they are important for both your mental and physical health.
Healthy relationships are based on trust and mutual respect. You and your partner can disagree with each other on certain issues, but you do so respectfully and without making the other person the problem. You both work hard to keep your connection strong through conversation, shared hobbies and experiences. You also have a life outside of your relationship where you pursue your own interests and maintain connections with friends.
You and your partner put each other’s needs above your own and are willing to go the extra mile for one another. This is what makes love so special and unique. Having these kinds of relationships will make you happy in the long run! But they will also take a lot of work, because most couples experience some kind of difficulty or conflict from time to time. Just remember to go into the relationship with your eyes open knowing that it will have its challenges. And just like the waves of the ocean, they will pass quickly and you’ll be back to where you started.