In life, there are a lot of factors that can affect your overall physical and mental health. Of course, there are obvious factors, like what you eat and your activity, but there are numerous other factors affecting you every day, and relationships are one of them. Here are a few tips for making those relationships in your life positive and maintaining them so that they don’t become negative.
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Stay Transparent and Communicative
Maintaining a positive relationship in your life is more complicated than it sounds. Relationships, both romantic and platonic, are incredibly complex. That’s because people act differently around others and don’t always tell them how they’re feeling. You should be as transparent and communicative about your feelings as possible to try and navigate this. Tell people your expectations and be honest; otherwise, you will feel that the relationship is guiding you and not the other way around.
Think About Your Parents
One relationship full of both positive and negative feelings is the one that you maintain with your parents. Growing up, they were authoritative figures that you rebelled against, and as you grew older, that relationship softened, but a lot of those feelings remained.
These relationships can be hard to work with in their old age, but there are some ways to keep them happy and healthy, making the relationship work for you. Instead of dwelling on negative feelings, keep your relationship positive by going on walks and encouraging their hobbies.
You have to be flexible to keep your relationships positive, both with what you do and your expectations. In relationships, you should have clear expectations, but you have to be flexible with them as well. People are imperfect, and you shouldn’t drop a relationship at the first sign of negativity. Instead, you have to give people the opportunity to grow, the same as you would want them to give you if you did something wrong. People have bad days, and their capacity to grow makes them human.
Know When To Cut Off a Relationship
With all this said, a healthy relationship won’t form when someone doesn’t try to grow, choosing to instead dwell in negativity and drama. You can give them all the chances to improve and get better, but if they keep bringing hostility and show no signs of improvement, you have to cut off the relationship. Maintaining that relationship isn’t helping them, and it’s certainly not helping you and your mental health. Ending a relationship is a challenge, but sometimes it’s the only possible solution.
These are some tips for maintaining positive relationships in your life, and they will go a long way in transforming your mental health. Negative relationships are taxing, incredibly stressful, and bring you down. Maintain those positive relationships that build you up and make you feel better, and you’ll find yourself refreshed and ready for the new day every day.