Healthy relationships involve two people who love and respect each other. A good healthy relationship is one where each individual takes care of themselves and in turn takes care of each other. This is done through communication and many other things that will lead to a healthy and good quality relationship that should withstand just about anything that is thrown in it's path. Below are seven easy steps to maintaining a healthy relationship.
- Communication – You need to communicate with each other. You need to talk to each other often and let each other know your feelings and opinions about each other. This not only helps you see how you both feel but it could help you express some confusing emotions that you might be having.
- Listening – You must be willing to listen to each other. You need to take the time to try and understand the other person's side of things or perspective on things. You need to listen intently to them and make sure to always ask plenty of questions. This will communicate to your partner that you really do care about what they are talking about.
- Relationship Checkups – You should make sure to check on your relationship every once and awhile. You sure don't want to become overly concerned about maintaining it but you also don't want to let it go either. So make sure that every once and awhile you ask your partner how they think the relationship is and how they think things are going. This can really help you see just how the two of you feel about the different stages that all relationships go through.
- Resolve Conflicts – You should always make sure that if there are conflicts that they are resolved at the appropriate time. You might be really tempted to take care of the problems right away just out of the fear that something worse might happen. But, sometimes it's actually a lot better if you wait until you both have cooled off before you do anything. It's better to wait for a time when you both can sit down and talk about the issue or issues on a more rational level.
- Balanced Lifestyle – Especially in brand new relationships it can be very tempting to spend every minute of the day with your partner. However, it's not a healthy thing to do and you really do need to maintain a very good balance of family, friends and time with your partner. When your life becomes out of balance you may end up blaming your partner for the problems and this is simply going to hurt your relationship. Balance between your partner, friends and family is going to generally keep you pretty level headed. Besides, it is very important that you both also have your own space for the relationship to grow.
- Let There Be Growth & Change – Everyone changes, especially with time, you need to accept this. This means that you can change together and keep each others feelings in mind when there are changes. You need to be open to change and make sure to try and think of ways in which you can change together as a couple. A simple example of this would be if your partner starts up a new hobby do your best to support them in this, even ask them if you can join them in the same hobby.
- Accept Differences – Everyone is different and there is no getting around this. So, the best thing that you can do is to simply accept each others differences and allow those differences to strengthen your relationship. Never view your differences as problems, instead view them as opportunities for you to be with someone who might be able to bring you out of your own comfort zone. Often differences can bring out the best in people instead of becoming problems.