Relationships are a huge and important part of our daily lives. Whether they are romantic, friendly, familial, cohabitating or committed, these relationships help to build up the social support network that is so vital to our health and well-being. However, they can be complex and sometimes confusing to understand.
A healthy relationship is one that makes you feel good about yourself and your partner. It is one that supports you through the struggles and the highs of life. It is a partnership that encourages you to be your best self, and helps you to grow into something even more beautiful than you were before. In a positive relationship, you are able to push yourself harder and take risks because you know that they will be there to catch you if you fall.
The relationship may start with a rush of feelings (what therapists call limerence) and intense affection, but this can gradually transform into a more compassionate love. The two partners should be able to communicate openly and honestly about their needs, and they can make sure that their goals are aligned. A relationship should also be based on mutual respect, trust and equality.
If your relationship isn’t bringing you the joy that it once did, or if you are feeling unfulfilled in your current commitment, it might be time to take some steps back. Here are a few questions that can help you determine whether it is time to DTR (Define the Relationship). Whether you’re ready for long-term or not, it’s important to define your relationship at a pace that works for you.