What is a healthy relationship?
Everyone deserves to be in a healthy relationship that is free from violence. There are a lot of ways to define a healthy relationship. Sometimes at the beginning of a relationship things seem healthy, and it is easy to think that small unhealthy behaviors are not a big deal. If you have concerns about your relationship, please give us a call at 860-344-9599.
Here are some components of healthy relationships:
- Communication that is open, honest, and safe
- Can you talk about things that are bothering you without being afraid?
- Do you feel that your opinions, desires, and feelings are valued and respected? Do you value and respect your partner’s opinions, desires, and feelings?
- Are you both supportive of each other?
- Read more about healthy communication here.
- Conflict happens in all relationships but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to resolve conflict. Read about healthy conflict resolution here.
- Trust in your partner
- Can you rely on your partner?
- Do they make you feel safe physically and emotionally?
- Are you there for each other when you need support?
- Does your partner follow through on promises or commitments that they make?
- Read more about trust here.
- Respect for healthy boundaries
- Do you share boundaries that you both agreed on? Do they help to make you feel comfortable and safe?
- Do you feel like you’re walking on eggshells around your partner?
- Do you respect each others’ privacy?
- Learn more about setting and respecting boundaries here.
- Mutual respect
- Do you understand and practice consent?
- Do you treat each other as equals in your relationship?