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Ten Tips To Maintain Healthy Relationships

Relationships. We need them so we're not lonely, have people to connect with, and so that we don't have to eat alone and stuff. But having good relationships--whether they're with friends, family, or potential romantic partners, seems to always get kind of tricky. This workshop, presented by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, will focus on providing tools for understanding and maintaining healthy relationships. Check out the tips below, and for more information, come to our workshop on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in Illini Union Room 406.

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1. Communication is key!

Let each other know what’s on your mind. One of the main sources of conflict in relationships is poor or nonexistent communication.

2. Trust each other!

Being open and vulnerable is a key when developing a relationship on a more intimate level.

3. Listen.

When talking with your partner, take time to listen and focus on them. You learn so much more from a conversation when you invest in their interests and put your personal stories aside for the conversation.

4. Strive for Balance.

Take time to invest in your relationships, both intimate and friendships, but remember to take time for yourself too.

5. Conflict is okay!

Not every conversation you’ll have with your partner will be picture perfect, it’s what makes us human! Don’t be afraid of conflict! A 4:1 positivity to negativity ratio is normal in a relationship.

6. It’s a two-way street.

Don’t expect your partner to put in all the work! It’s a two way street and is important to have shared roles and responsibilities in your relationship.

7. Live in the moment.

As much as we’d like, no one can predict the future. While it is good to make future plans with your partner, be present in your conversations and time with your partner.

8. Involve yourself in the other’s interests

You might not share all common interests with your partners and that’s okay! Take the opportunity to learn a new skill and get to know your partner better instead of letting it be a barrier in your relationship.

9. Timing is key.

Building positive relationships takes time and energy, but might not happen right away! The timing needs to be right for both you and your partner.

10. There’s no “perfect” relationship.

Your relationship might look completely different than your friends’ and that’s okay! There’s no right way or one formula for the perfect relationship, only you can decide that.

Hope to see you October 18 at 7 p.m. in Illini Union Room 406!

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