What is a healthy relationship?
A healthy relationship gives room for both partners to feel supportive and connect while feeling independent. What makes up a healthy relationship is communication and boundaries. In the end, the two individuals in the relationship take decisions on what is healthy for both of them and what is not. In the event that something goes wrong; you should have the freedom to express your concerns to your partner.
Communication enables you and your partner to have a better and deep understanding of each other and also allows both of you to get connected to each other. In a healthy relationship where there is good communication, both partners:
- treat each other with respect
- talk openly about their thoughts and feelings
- Listen and feel heard when you express your feelings
- listen to each other and make compromises
- Do not criticize each other
- Feel supported to do what you like
- Celebrate each other success and accomplishment
Everyone has to express to their partner who they are and with whom they are uncomfortable, about their sex life, finances, family and friends, their personal space and time. In a healthy relationship with boundaries, both partners:
- Permit each other to spend time with friends and family
- Do not abuse technology as surveillance on partner
- Have believed in each other and do not ask for their partner to “check in”
- Do not force others to do what they do not want to do
- Do not always accuse others of cheating or being unfaithful
What Makes a Healthy Relationship?
A healthy relationship arises when two people develop a relationship based on:
- Mutual respect
- Equality / Fairness
- Separate identities
- Good communication
- A sense of playfulness/fondness
All these things require a great job. Each relationship is most likely a combination of healthy and unhealthy characteristics. Relationships must be maintained and healthy relationships take work. This is applicable to all relationships; relationships at work, friendships, family and romantic relationships. Mobile phone technologies change so much and the way people communicate also change. Couples can use video call to communicate; some may improve their relationship. If partners use this the wrong way, it will pressure the other partner. Use it wisely before it jeopardize the relationship.
What are signs of a healthy relationship?
Any relationship that brings more happiness than stress in your life is a healthy relationship. Each relationship will sometimes be stressful, but you want to avoid long-lasting mental stress on one or another relationship member.
Below are some features that may be present in your healthy relationships.
In a healthy relationship, you:
- Take care of yourself and have a good self-esteem regardless of your relationship
- Maintain and respect the individuality of others
- Maintain relationships with friends and family
- Have separate activities from each other
- can be expressed without fear of consequences
- They can feel safe and comfortable
- Allow and encourage other relationships
- Interested in others activities
- Do not worry about related violence
- Trust each other and be honest with each other
When should I seek professional help for my relationship?
If your partner tries to physically hurt you or force you to do something sexually, that should be a clear sign of an unhealthy relationship. In such a situation, you should consider helping or putting an end to the relationship. Even if you believe that a person likes you, it does not compensate for the damage they make.
Other circumstances include:
- When you’re dissatisfied with the relationship, but you cannot decide if you need to accept your misfortune, try to improve the relationship or put an end to the relationship.
- When you have taken a decision on leaving the relationship, but you are still in the relationship.
- When you think you are in the wrong relationship, for example, the fear of being lonely or guilty.
- If you have a history of staying in unhealthy relationships.