While dating can be a way for you to learn positive relationship skills like mutual respect, trust, honesty, and compromise, it also can present challenges. Romantic relationships are a major milestone for most people. However, relationships come with different features and changes that can either be positive or negative.
It feels like love- But is it? It’s totally normal to look at the world through rose-colored glasses in the early stages of your relationship. But for some people, those rose-colored glasses turn into blinders that keep them from seeing that their relationship isn’t as healthy as it should be. Hopefully, you and your significant other are treating each other well. Not sure if that’s the case? Take a step back from the dizzying sensation of being swept off your feet and think about whether you are being treated as the king or queen that you are.
What’s an unhealthy relationship? For people who might have found themselves living in homes where there were a lot of fights or abuse- emotionally, verbally, or physically can grow thinking this kind of behavior almost seems normal or OK. It’s not! Qualities like kindness and respect are absolute requirements for a healthy relationship. It can be tempting to make excuses or misinterpret violence, possessiveness, or anger as an expression of love. Don’t fall for that.
Why are some relationships so difficult? Ever heard about how it’s hard for someone to love you when you don’t love yourself? It’s a big roadblock when you are struggling with self-esteem problems. First, focus on being happy with yourself before jumping into a relationship and expecting people to make you feel good about yourself. And if the relationship feels more like a burden or a drag instead of joy, it might be time to think about whether it’s a healthy match for you.
Relationships can be full of fun, romance, excitement, intense feelings, and occasionally heartache too. Whether you’re single or not, remember that it’s good to be choosy about who you get close to. If you’re still waiting, take your time and get to know plenty of people. Think about the qualities you value in a friendship and see how they match up with the ingredients of a healthy relationship.