Healthy Relationships and Conflict Resolution

Tips about building & maintaining healthy relationships, and tips for conflict resolution.

  • There are four things that make up a healthy relationship: communication, trust, respect and boundaries

  • Great relationships are based on truth + trust. Take a chance on someone, let your guard down when safe and be honest

  • Know that one person cannot meet all the needs of another person. You're allowed to have relationships with friends & family too.

  • Agree to disagree. State your opinion, be clear and consise. 'Winning' an argument should never be your goal.

  • 67% of youth who experienced dating violence talked to a friend about it. Learn how to help.

  • Check out a site like nationalsave.org - it's their goal to make schools and communities safer for young ppl.

  • Don't be afraid to say no to things. A good friend will understand why (or ask) rather than pressuring you.

  • When discussing a potential conflict, use "I" statements to explain your feelings and how you've been impacted.

  • Don’t change who you are to please someone. People will have different needs and wants in a relationship and that's ok.

  • A healthy relationship will have good times and bad times. It's ok to have disagreements, it's how they are handled that matters.

  • If you're uncomfortable or unhappy with something in your relationship, say so. If there's mutual respect, they'll hear you out.

  • The meaning of messages can be misinterpreted online, keep this in mind for potential misunderstandings.

  • Even during disagreements, be mindful of your partner’s feelings. Keep to the facts and don't bring up past issues.

  • Learn about each others' boundaries and be clear about yours. You might not mind being woken up at 2am to chat, but they might be.

  • Encourage your partner to pursue an activity/interest. It's healthy for your relationship to have separate hobbies.

  • 62% of Canadian youth have experienced emotional violence in their relationship. Learn more.

  • Consent is mutual and verbal. It's about giving and getting a positive Yes!

  • Never forward or show anyone's sexual images/videos. They didn't consent to you sharing.

  • Work together to find a solution during conflict. What's one thing you can both do to improve the situation.

  • Being a good friend is giving support and care for each other. If you think they're in an unhealthy relationship, reach out to them.

  • Be honest about what you want and need from the relationship. Your needs are equally important as your partner's.

  • Listen fully to your partner without judgement, even when you don't agree with them. You should both feel heard by the other.

  • Check in about the serious stuff. Let them know you care and offer support, rather than letting an issue go ignored.

  • Take time for yourself. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be alone sometimes. Self care is important within relationships.

  • Don't forget to laugh. A healthy relationship should be fun (most of the time) and not feel like a chore.

  • In a healthy relationship, trust should increase over time. If you don't feel trusted by your partner, talk about it.

  • Be straightforward about your boundaries. Healthy boundaries make a relationship better for both of you.

  • If you are experiencing dating violence it can be hard to ask for help. Know that you are not alone and you can get through this.

  • Problems in a relationship won't go away by ignoring them. Ask a friend for advice if you're not sure what to do in a conflict.

  • A friendship is an important relationship. Show them support, care, respect, just the same as a romantic relationship.