Relationships are part of life and whatever relationship you find yourself in, it’s important it’s a healthy one.
There are all kinds of relationships: romantic, family and friendships.
There is no need to rush into a romantic or sexual relationship. It is okay to be single and to take your time.
A healthy relationship is one that has:
A healthy relationship respects personal space, separate identities, individuality and consensual sex (if it’s a sexual relationship).
A healthy relationship should bring more happiness than stress in your life! This includes friendships.
In a healthy relationship you can:
An unhealthy relationship can make you feel unsafe or under pressure. They certainly don’t make you happy and aren’t good for you.
There are a few signs to keep a lookout for. If the person you’re in a relationship with shows signs of these behaviours, or you feel like you can relate to any of the following indicators, the relationship is potentially unhealthy.
You can create a healthy relationship from the beginning by setting boundaries. Boundaries are a bit like an agreement as to how your relationship will work. It’s good to speak to someone you trust about relationships.
Have a think about what you’d like from a relationship and what you can give.
Being able to communicate with the person you’re having a relationship with is key to maintaining a healthy relationship.