A healthy relationship with our friends, family and partner can enrich our life and make us feel good about our self.  Relationships take time, commitment and care to keep them healthy.  The more time you put into a relationship, the more you get back.  Communication is the key to healthy relationships, as are clear boundaries, a healthy sense of self-worth, trust, respect, equality and shared interests.

A healthy relationship is one of the best supports in life we can have, providing us with meaning and purpose.  However, a relationship can be one of the biggest drains, causing pain and heartache if it is not working or has become unhealthy for us.

There supposed to be easy, so why is it they can also be confounding and fraught with conflict. Sometimes our values and beliefs differ, we look at the world differently, our family messages can create a roadblock, or maybe we don’t have so much in common anymore, whatever the reason it just seems like too much hard work.

What is an unhealthy relationship?

A relationship is unhealthy when it involves disrespectful, controlling or abusive behaviour.  It causes stress that builds up over time and can spill into other areas of our life, such as family, work and friendships.

What is the sign of a healthy relationship?

No relationship is perfect.  However, the sign of a healthy relationship is that it enhances our life and brings more happiness than stress.

And let’s not forget, the most important relationship is the one we have with our self!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Talk to a counsellor if you are having relationship difficulties or if you want someone to support you through a time of change and growth.