Being in a relationship is a beautiful thing, I’m sure you agree. Healthy relationships are great ways for individuals to remain happy, relieve stress and lead non-toxic lives. There are several ways to maintain healthy relationships regardless of what kind it is.
Today, I’ll be sharing the top five things that can work to build a healthy relationship. Trust me, if you grab hold of these basic yet cogent tips, a healthy relationship won’t be your dream, it will be your everyday experience. Let’s go!
1. BEGIN WITH SELF-AWARENESS
If you ask people whose relationships are healthy, blissful, and happy, the parties individually understand themselves and take self-awareness seriously.
It is a common fact that one cannot give what one does not have; It becomes difficult to meet the needs of others in a relationship when you are not aware of who you are. Self-aware people understand their personalities, emotions, and values and it helps them evaluate their actions. This would help you to choose the right relationships with you and manage the relationships effectively.
When two people who are not very self-aware are in a relationship, things become very chaotic and there will always be a sense of dissatisfaction. The less aware person would have no expectations and would be very conforming even when It’s against their values. So becoming self-aware is a step in the right direction to building a healthy relationship.
- BE AUTHENTIC
A relationship becomes unhealthy when parties are pretending to be who they are not to fit into their partner’s boxes; this is usually not a great call as it always leads to frustration!
To build a healthy relationship you must stay true to yourself- be yourself and prioritize your sense of person. Do this and you’re on the path to building a healthy relationship.
- BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR EXPECTATIONS
To build a healthy relationship, this is something you cannot avoid. A great way to begin is to define your expectations before you begin any relationship. When a party has expectations that do not work for the other party, they are on a path to constant disappointment.
Again, you cannot give what you do not have. As you set those expectations, set realistic ones, you don’t want to position yourself as available for your partner all day and be unavailable when she calls by a certain time without an explanation. But if they know you would be at work at that time but would check on them when you are available, they would know what to expect.
So you want a healthy relationship? Set realistic expectations and make them known!
- DEFINE AND RESPECT BOUNDARIES
“It’s fine, she probably didn’t know I don’t like that, I’m sure it won’t happen again”.
Is this you and you’re convinced you want a healthy relationship? You are in for a shock! If you don’t appreciate a certain mode of communication, if you’re averse to a certain habit, make it clear!
A great way to have that dream relationship is to define your boundaries; don’t be the one that always says your partner would understand every time you cross boundaries. Clearly define your boundaries and respect other people’s boundaries and you can and would have a healthy relationship.
- BE A LISTENER
This cannot be overemphasized, but no healthy relationship survives with individuals that only want to speak and pour out their minds to their partners without listening.
Listening is an art you have to master; Take time to listen to the needs of the other person whether in a friendship or in your romantic relationship. Slow down and pay some attention; be the one who is waiting on them. If you give your ears consistently, then you can expect to have your partner’s ears too.
These are the top five tips for maintaining a healthy relationship. Internalize them, practice them, and thank me later!