Keeping your heart physically healthy is important, but what about the emotional side of things? Lust, anger, love, disappointment, and friendship – the feelings we tackle as we work to navigate through the best relationship we can possibly have.
This month Tri Delta has been sharing different ways to spread #DeltaLove. One way to do this is explore ways to foster positive relationships in our lives. Here are ten tips to ensure a healthy romantic relationship:
It’s all about YOU. If you don’t love yourself, how can you give love? Focus on a positive outlook about your body, accomplishments and where you are in your life. A romantic partner should compliment you, not complete you.
Stick to your values. Don’t compromise yourself for anyone. Live out your beliefs, no matter how others feel or try to persuade you otherwise. You’ll be happy with yourself and more confident in the long run.
Speak up! There’s no shame in asking for certain things in your relationship. Just make sure your partner knows them; no one is a mind reader.
Listen. You’ll get a better understanding of your partner’s wants and needs.
Negotiate and compromise. Find a happy medium. Doing so will help you both gain respect for each other.
Respect. Without it, it’s tough to ensure a healthy environment with a future.
Let go of your timeline. Many of us have a “perfect dream” timeline in our heads that highlights the details of when we want to find a partner, get married, have children, settle down, succeed in our careers, etc. Let this go. While working toward your life goals, learn to roll with the punches. It’s important for your sanity and well-being to be flexible with this timeline. Allow life to surprise you!
Apologize. Recognize when you are wrong, apologize and let it go. Just do it. (Thanks, Nike!)
Don’t over think it. Stop this. Maintain open, healthy communication with your partner. Trust their words.
Understand that having a partner isn’t everything. Maintain your own hobbies, likes, and friends. It will help both you and your relationship!