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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.