Hey y’all, today I really want to touch base on healthy relationships and their importance. Since having my baby, I’ve really had the opportunity to take a close look at all my relationships.
Having babies really puts things into perspective and what’s important. You get to see who’s there for you and who isn’t. It truly takes a village to raise babies. Your village can consist of friends, family, and romantic partners. These relationships need maintenance. They don’t just appear from thin air.
It’s crucial to preserve healthy relationships. Both romantic and non-romantic. Research has shown that being satisfied with your relationships has been linked to overall well-being and happiness! They also tend to have better physical health outcomes than those who do not. Having strong relationships enhance life experiences and it also provides support during difficult times
In order to sustain these relationships, you must be ok with constantly learning and evolving. All relationships whether that be, friends, family, or romantic partners require work from both parties. Relationships are complex and unique to each individual involved. Regardless of the type of relationship, the foundation is built on trust, respect, communication, and understanding. This highlights the importance of investing time and energy into our connections with others.
Communication is key when it comes to any relationship dynamic. Although it can be difficult, it’s encouraged to express thoughts and feelings honestly while also being open-minded toward differing perspectives. Communication plays an essential role in building a successful relationship as it allows individuals to express their needs openly without fear of judgment or rejection. Setting boundaries within the relationship can help avoid misunderstandings down the line.
One thing I’ve learned since having a baby is to communicate to my loved ones that I appreciate them. Sadly, we don’t share enough with our loved ones how much we love and appreciate them until it’s too late. I want my daughter to know that it’s important to let your support system how they contribute to you as a person. I feel like as a society we’ve strayed away from community and have become extremely individualistic. As humans, we crave connections and relationships. I feel like everyone truly learned how important that is during the pandemic when we were restricted from our communities.
I truly believe our ancestors had it right. We can’t do things alone. No matter how hard we try to stray away, we need that human connection. We need to know that we have someone to rely on. Someone to help us and hold us up when we feel down or need a hand. Had I not had the support I have currently with my baby I know for a fact that I would have fallen into a deep depression. Taking care of another tiny human who is learning to navigate this world is beautiful but can be so taxing. So much time and energy goes into this process that it can take a huge toll on a person.
This is why I truly believe that it’s important to keep healthy, strong relationships. These relationships will help fuel you through life. They’ll help keep you sane. As someone who’s been let down by faulty relationships, I thought I could do it all alone. Truth is, we weren’t built that way. We need community, we need these support systems.