Whether it’s with your neighbour, friend, partner or family member, relationships require time and effort to stay healthy. Here are four ways to help you keep your relationships healthy and healthy.
1. Appreciate them
Encourage your loved one and really listen to them. This does take time and effort! This also means not having a phone in your hand while you’re in a conversation! Paraphrase what they are saying to you to show that you are listening and are interested in their thoughts and feelings.
2. Show you love them
Everybody likes to give and receive love in their own way.
How do the people around you like to receive love? Do they love gifts, just hanging out with you, or do they love words of encouragement said to them? Perhaps they just love a hug… or maybe that’s the last thing they want!
Knowing how your partner, friends and family feel loved can help you find ways to do just that. Have you heard of the 5 love languages? The five love languages include receiving gifts, acts of service, quality time, words of affirmation and physical touch.
Which of those do you resonate with, and which ones would your loved one?
3. Agree to disagree
If a disagreement comes up, try to see things from their perspective. Do all you can to understand the situation from their point of view. Opinions are created through a number of things; how you grew up, situations you’ve faced, the people around you. There is always another side to the story. Honour and respect the person you love by agreeing to disagree in those moments that you can’t see eye to eye on a topic.
4. Take care of you
Remember that you are in charge of your own happiness, it’s not someone else’s responsibility. The best way to serve the ones you love is to look after yourself! Are you getting enough sleep, moving your body, eating foods that do your body good? Are you treating yourself with care and respect?
Have your own passions and goals that you enjoy and encourage your loved ones to have their own interests too. Time together and time apart pursuing your own interests can serve you and your loved one well and leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.
Kate Mackay is a health & wellness coach at Invigorate Wellness with a passion for helping business women & entrepreneurs get energised and productive in their businesses & lives through building healthy lifestyle habits.