Five Tips for Building a Healthy Relationship

Has Cupid’s arrow struck you this Valentine’s Day? Whether you have a long-term partner or you’re in a promising new relationship, the following are the essential building blocks of supportive and fulfilling relationships:

  1. Communication
    No one, no matter how much they care about you, can read your mind. You should feel comfortable expressing your needs, wants and feelings with your partner.
  2. Honesty
    Candid, truthful conversations are the cornerstone of healthy relationships. Even if you think it’s simpler to hide your feelings, being honest establishes an innate level of trust and respect.
  3. Healthy Conflict Resolution
    No two people, regardless of how close their relationship, will agree on everything. However, there are constructive ways to disagree and resolve conflict without belittling your partner’s point of view, taking things too personally or lashing out because you feel hurt.
  4. Healthy Boundaries
    Boundaries improve relationships and self-esteem. They allow us to consume emotional energy and give us space to grow and be vulnerable. One person cannot meet all your emotional needs. A partner can support you, but ultimately knowing oneself, one’s values, engaging in regular self-care, surrounding yourself with caring friends.
  5. Check-in with yourself and your partner.
    All relationships ebb and flow, and there will be times when it’s easier to open up to your partner than others. You should have honest check-ins with yourself and your partner about your relationship. If you’re interested in learning more about healthy relationships and finding support, visit Student Psychological Services to explore their couples and group therapy sessions.

Healthy relationships take work, but they are worth the effort. Reach out to SPS if you’d like additional tools or resources, like Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), to develop positive, satisfying relationships in all areas of your life.