Healthy Relationships


Relationships are a cornerstone of living a full life. They allow us to feel a sense of belonging and help support us through life’s ups and downs. They can provide emotional, practical and financial support and even act as a buffer against stress. However, it’s important to remember that relationships come in many forms, from platonic friendships to familial and professional dynamics. They may also be casual or intense, and they can be healthy or toxic.

One of the most important factors in a relationship is communication. This involves being able to express oneself and listen actively and empathetically, which can prevent misunderstandings from developing. It’s also important to set boundaries, and respect each other’s individuality. Trying to change someone to fit your needs is never a good idea and can lead to conflict, mistrust and resentment.

Having positive relationships in your life can also boost your confidence, self-esteem and ability to take risks and achieve your goals. However, if you find yourself in a toxic relationship that is not supporting your well-being, it’s important to seek guidance from a therapist or even end the relationship entirely.

Having a strong network of supportive relationships can help you thrive through life’s ups and downs, and may even protect you against illness. But there’s a lot to think about when it comes to relationships, and knowing how to identify and maintain healthy ones can be challenging. Here are some tips from registered psychotherapist Natacha Duke, MA, RP to help you get started:

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