Tips for healthy relationships in the New Year

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As the New Year gets underway people have begun to think about their new years resolutions. To lose weight, to make money, to holiday more... the list goes on. But maybe it would be a good time to think about the relationships in your life; are there enough, and importantly, do they need a bit of attention?

If building on your personal relationships turns out to be something you want to achieve here are a few tips to think about:

  1. No single relationship will meet all your needs. Ensure you have a range of relationships that you can rely on
  2. Relationships need attention. No matter what type of relationship you share you need to spend time working on them - building stronger bonds or repairing problems when they arise
  3. Communication is one of the keys to a healthy relationship.  Talking openly means you can enjoy the happy times together, while also understanding if someone is having a rough time.  And communication can be in many forms, in person, by phone, email, facebook, whatever means works best for you
  4. Accept what you can not change.  Sometimes you might need to 'agree to disagree', but that does not mean that you can not share other mutual interests together
  5. Have realistic expectations of each other.  Knowing what you have to offer each other means you can focus on the strengths of your friendship - not what is lacking
  6. Offer support at challenging times and show appreciation of your relationship at other times
  7. Ask for help when you need it - offer it when you can
  8. Find a balance of time alone and time with others
  9. Don't rely on others to make you happy.  Sharing positive relationships is an important part of your health and wellbeing but you are responsible for what you do and how you feel

Want to know more?

To help you find out more about relationships issues we have put together some relevant relationships links.  

This article is based on information sourced from Relationships Australia and Mensline.

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