Keeping healthy relationships is one of the few things that almost guarantee a relatively happy life. Someone to listen to you and be listened to is a cornerstone of mental health. And intimacy, love, and respect are vital human needs. So, as we enter 2023, here are some relationship tips.
Stay Positive About Finding Someone
Finding a partner to spend your time with is one of the greatest joys of life. But it can be hard. Swiping left and right, uploading profiles to millions of dating sites, and trying a Valentine’s Day Love Calculator every year is more than enough to make you’re in your own Bridget Jones movie. Yet you must stay strong. On average, it can take around 16 messages, 5 dates, and two months to find someone you like enough to consider for a long-term intimate relationship.
Healthy Relationships Respect Boundaries
Setting limits isn’t just about telling people what you don’t want or don’t like in a relationship. It’s also about letting them know what you do like. Think about what your limits are and tell other people where they are. This includes current and former partners, as well as friends and family, some of whom may make themselves at home. It’s important to respect your alone time, for example. This can make it easier to say no to something you’re not ready for.
Respect Others for Who They Are
People are all different. So, if you want people to respect your limits, you have to do the same. Nobody is capable of being all of the things we wish them to be. Welcoming others as they are without wanting them to change is a sign of a healthy relationship. The same way you would expect your friends, family, and partners to act. Many people in the year 2023 have an unrealistic idea of what women should be. But acceptance is the key to a happy relationship.
Listen to Others in a Supportive Way
Getting through things as a couple and with others means putting them first sometimes. And the simplest way you can do this is by listening to what they have to say and offering support. We all have ongoing issues into 2023, and it doesn’t look like it will get better. So, try these to listen:
- Don’t interrupt the other person mid-sentence and wait for your turn to speak.
- Listen without judging what someone is saying to you.
- Don’t start planning what to say next, and take in what someone is saying.
- Don’t impose your opinions on someone, and ask how they are feeling.
- Stay focused on the other person without thinking about something else.
The cost of living and energy prices are out of control into this new year. As a result, many people are facing financial hardship, especially parents and elders. So you can maintain healthy relationships by simply listening in the way you would want to be listened to when you need it.
Learn to Spot Controlling Behavior
A recent poll in Europe found that 50% of women have been emotionally abused. This is abuse, like when someone hurts you without touching you. For example, if your partner forces you to change how you look, stop doing things you love, or keep you from getting money, that’s a big red flag. They might also use subtle ways to get their way. A common one is showing that they want to be with you all the time, so much so that you put important things off, like appointments.
Learn to be Intimate for Healthy Relationships
Intimacy is more than a sexual relationship. It has many faces, and you can be close to everyone in different ways. You can get closer to your family by telling them about your problems. Spending quality time with your partner is a way to get close to them. It’s chilling out in bed with candles and music, and talking about how you feel, which builds the trust you need to make love. When you can be this close to someone, you have a romantic relationship.
Love and Respect Yourself
Take care of yourself this year if you want to keep your mind healthy and reach your goals. It’s not always easy to love yourself. You’ll need to find your limiting beliefs and get rid of them, as well as rewrite your story, in order to feel strong and confident. Having good relationships is a very important first step. But you won’t be able to get close to anyone if you don’t deal with problems like worry about money or depression caused by war’s effects on the economy.
You can make sure you stay happier this year by maintaining healthy relationships and ridding yourself of toxic ones. First, you must stay positive about finding a new partner because it can take a while. And being supportive of others helps. Finally, find ways to take care of yourself.