Relationships are often a source of stress and anxiety. However, the right relationship can improve your mental health and overall wellbeing.
Being in a loving relationship can help you feel happy and at ease, and can make you feel like your life is worth living. Studies have shown that a good relationship can provide lower stress levels, better sleep, improved mental and physical health.
The best relationships are ones that allow both partners to be themselves and express their unique identities in a way that is healthy for them. Trying to force your partner to be someone they’re not or change their identity is likely to backfire.
Affection is freely given and received in a healthy relationship. You don’t have to beg your partner to give you affection or remind yourself that they are worthy of it. You simply show your partner that you love them and that they matter to you by showing them in the little things, such as hand-holding or kissing them randomly throughout the day.
Disagreement is respectfully resolved in a healthy relationship. Conflict can be a normal part of any relationship, but it should never be the norm or be a cause for shame or humiliation in either party.
Share your feelings, emotions and finances with your partner. Being able to share these with your partner helps them understand you and allows them to be there for you in times of need.
Being in a healthy relationship can also help you adopt healthier lifestyle habits. For example, if your spouse encourages you to eat a healthier diet or exercise more regularly, you are more likely to follow their lead. This can improve your overall wellbeing and may even add years to your lifespan.