No relationship is perfect, no matter how happy it might seem on the outside. While connecting with someone romantically can feel really good, building a healthy relationship still requires a lot of work. It takes more than just mere attraction and physical chemistry to make a relationship work. Also, take note that it takes two to tango. Both of you should want to make things work, not just one or the other. Here are some tips you can follow for creating a healthy relationship.
Tips for Forming a Healthy Relationship
1. Love yourself first.
You know what they always say: you can’t love other people if you don’t learn to love yourself. When you’re comfortable with who you are as a person, that means you’ll be able to give yourself fully to your partner. You’ll be happier and more emotionally stable in your relationship.
Communication is key. In any kind of human relationship, romantic or not, communication is always the most important ingredient to happy and successful relations. You have to communicate your needs and concerns to each other. If you’re the type of person who withdraws from doing this, you will have to learn how to do so. Communication is crucial when it comes to making your bonds stronger as a couple.
3. Be honest to each other.
No one likes it when other people lie to them, even about seemingly harmless and unimportant things. This becomes even more of a concern with things that are really important in the relationship, like your thoughts and feelings about each other and the relationship itself. You have to be truthful with what you feel and think. Being honest is also another way to build trust, which is essential in a strong and happy relationship.
4. Cultivate separate interests.
Nothing kills passion and romance faster than spending too much time together and just altogether being much too clingy for your own good. Spending quality time together as a couple is great, but too much quality time can ruin a perfectly good relationship and make one or both of you feel suffocated by each other. It’s not a bad thing to cultivate your own interests, have different sets of friends, and spend time with other people outside of the relationship.
5. Learn the art of forgiveness.
In any relationship, it’s inevitable that we hurt even those we love. You and your partner are just human, and you both can commit mistakes. When that happens, each of you must be willing to ask for forgiveness (if you’re the guilty party) and to forgive (if you’re the aggrieved one).
6. Give each other moral support.
We all go through difficult times in our lives. When you or your partner is going through something difficult, it’s important that you’re there for each other. Don’t make the other feel alone and lonely during such times.
7. Make your sexual health a priority.
Discuss with your partner about the importance of protecting each other from sexually transmitted diseases and preventing unwanted pregnancies. Make it a habit to practice safe sex in your relationship and to regularly undergo STD tests.