Relationships make up a large part of your social support network, which is pivotal for both your physical and mental health. They can be intimate, casual, and everything in between. Regardless of the nature of your relationship, it is important to be able to identify whether or not it is healthy.
We tend to think of the term ‘relationship’ as something that only involves romantic and sexual relationships, but there are many different types of relationship. From your work colleagues to the neighbours three doors down, you can have many different types of relationship in your life, both romantic and nonromantic.
It is important to have positive, supportive and friendly relationships at work, as well as with your local community. These can help to provide you with allies and a sense of belonging, especially in times of challenge. Investing in your work relationships can lead to improved productivity, more effective communication and better decision-making.
Casual relationships, such as the ones you have with your local shopkeepers, neighbours or dog walkers can also be a great way of providing moments of connection and positivity in your day-to-day lives. Even a quick smile or a nod can make a big difference!
If you feel satisfied, fulfilled and happy in your relationship then it is likely a healthy one. It is also important to be able to communicate your feelings and needs effectively, and to be able to compromise with your partner on occasion.