Healthy Relationships: Things You Should Be Doing
Your heart flip-flops when your eyes meet.
Fireworks go off every time you kiss.
The world looks brand new.
Time doesn’t exist.
You know what I’m talking about.
Being in a relationship can feel like magic.
You want to spend every minute together and when you can’t be together, you stay up all night texting.
You never run out of things to talk about and everything they do is sooo adorable. When you’re together, somehow it all makes sense.
All together now…awwwwwww!
When it is just the two of you, the world around you disappears.
It all sounds pretty amazing, but how do you make it last? How do you turn fireworks and butterflies into a strong healthy relationship? Short answer: it takes work.
Sorry to burst your adorable little bubble, but it’s true.
Healthy relationships cannot survive on the cuteness of the two of you alone. You can only ignore the world around you for so long before your friends and family stage an intervention.
Does that mean give up on the ooey-gooey stuff? No! It means making sure you are doing the things that keep your relationships strong, happy and most importantly healthy.
Things You Should Be Doing in Healthy Relationships:
1. Surviving time away from each other
It’s normal to want to spend 24/7 together. Is it a must? NO! You do not need to hang out with each other every minute of every day. Spending time apart is actually important. It helps strengthen a relationship.
2. Spending time with other people
Yes, other people. When you’re a couple it’s easy to forget the rest of the world. Remember that your friends and family still exist. They don’t want to be ignored because you have a new snuggle bunny. You should never give up one for the other. Finding a balance is what it’s all about. Making time for everyone will make a healthier, happier relationship.
3. Being Honest
Keep it real. Always speak your truth. Hiding your feelings? Don’t do it. Lying to each other? Definitely not worth it. Agreeing with them just to make it easier? Never works.
They gush about their unique love for the Ball-bearing Treehopper, and you’re all like…
“Ball-bearing Treehopper? OMG, it’s my fav too! I’ve seen every documentary about it on the discovery channel!!”
OH REALLY NOW?
In a healthy relationship, you should feel comfortable disagreeing and saying no. They’ll probably wish you loved the Ball-bearing Treehopper as much as they do, but it’s totally cool if you don’t.