Creating Healthy Relationships
Relationship therapy isn’t just for married people, it can also be helpful for siblings dealing with family issues, business partners, in-laws, spouse’s friends or even a friend’s spouse. We all know people who are highly opinionated about how we should live our life and the feelings coming from another person second guessing our choices.
Relationships like these don’t need to be contentious. The techniques and skills you learn through relationship counseling will help you more effectively communicate, relate to others and remain patient even in the midst of loud and problematic individuals. Changing how you interact with others will help you break unhealthy patterns of communication and improve conflict management styles. This will lead to longer-lasting, fulfilling relationships in your life.
Seeking Relationship Counseling
Seeking relationship counseling is a sign that you value the relationship and can be an effective form of therapy where a licensed professional takes into account both perspectives and helps you navigate relationship challenges as you work towards a common goal.
All types of relationships evolve and face challenges, so relationship counseling may be a great fit for you and a parent, close friend, sibling, partner, and/or colleague. It may be able to help you express your feelings to each other, resolve arguments, improve communication problems, make decisions, and/or adjust to relationship transitions.
Attending Relationship Counseling
Attending relationship counseling before challenges in your relationship become too disruptive or detrimental provides a better chance of overcoming the relationship challenges. A healthy meaningful relationship brings out the best in people and provides a sense of belonging while adding richness, intensity and stimulation to our daily lives. The quality of our interactions with family members, friends, partners, colleagues and others affects our psychological health and growth.
Relationships affect our lives in many ways, including self-esteem, our ability to handle stress, and productivity at work and school. Positive and supportive relationships positively affect psychological and physical functioning, while negative relationships can be threatening, or abusive and can have negative consequences for our mental and physical health.
Negative relationships can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, headaches, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, and other stress-related symptoms.
Your Relationship with Yourself
Good relationships are the foundation for success in life, this begins with your relationship with yourself. Arguably the most important relationship, if you do not love yourself and actively ensure your own needs are met, you will find it difficult to do the same for others. Self-love is appreciation for oneself, its about looking after your relationship with yourself and your physical and mental health.
To practice self-love start by treating yourself the way you would treat someone else that you care about. Be kind, gentle and compassionate to yourself. Be supportive and encouraging when you make a mistake. Set realistic goals for yourself and reward yourself and take credit for your accomplishments. Stand up for yourself when you need to.