Healthy Relationships
January 18, 2024

Connecting with others is part of growing up and experiencing the world around you. Additionally, understanding what a healthy relationship looks and feels like is an important part of your development. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d share some key characteristics of healthy relating. 

Healthy relationships show mutual respect, have a high level of trust, and promote individuality. Although it’s important to compromise in a relationship from time to time, it is also vital to remember that you shouldn’t feel pressured or forced to say or do anything that goes against your beliefs/values.  It is ok to disagree with your partner(s); the key is to still speak with respect and kindness. 

If you ever find yourself questioning the health of your connections (such as becoming more self conscious, or noticing you and your partner(s) don’t have the same level of respect toward each other) consider discussing the concerns with your partner(s). It’s also important to recognize when it may be a relationship that’s just not right for you. Healthy relationships shouldn’t feel “forced,” nor should they make you feel that you have to change the core of who you are to make things work. 

A fresh relationship may feel exciting as you figure out how much you have in common with someone, but you don’t need to lose sight of who you are.  Being able to stay true to yourself while connecting with others can help you grow more confident in yourself and your unique qualities. Plus, as you  think about the type of people you want to connect with, consider it is your uniqueness that makes others want to connect with you.  Here are additional resources:

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