Although relationships can be complicated, both communication and boundaries make up two major components of a healthy relationship.
Ultimately, the two people in the relationship decide what is healthy for them and what is not.
But, if something doesn’t feel right, you should have the freedom to voice your concerns to your partner.
Healthy relationships in general are typically:
- Based on trust
- Based on mutual consent
Developing Communications in a relationship:
Communication allows you and your partner to have a deep understanding of each other, and allows you to connect. In a healthy relationship with good communication, both partners:
- Speak openly to one another about thoughts and feelings
- Treat each other with respect
- Feel heard when expressing feelings
- Listen to each other and compromise
- Feel supported to do the things they like
- Celebrate each other’s accomplishments and successes
Developing Boundaries in a relationship:
Each person should express to their partner what they are and are not comfortable with, when it comes to sex life, finances, family and friends, personal space and time. In a healthy relationship with boundaries, both partners:
- Do not abuse technology to check on a partner
- Allow each other to spend time with friends and family
- Trust each other and not require their partner to “check in”
- Do not pressure the other to do things that they don’t want to do
- Do not constantly accuse the other of cheating or being unfaithful