Relationships are a major part of your social support network, and are essential to your physical and mental health. Different types of relationships are important and provide a wide range of benefits including companionship, intimacy, safety, trust, and community.
When you are in a positive relationship, your partner is there for you and supports you in everything that you do. They cheer you on when things are going well and help you feel confident and self-assured, allowing you to take greater risks in your life and pursue your dreams. They also support you when things are not going so well and can offer practical help and advice.
Healthy relationships are open and honest with each other, and based on mutual respect. They can discuss anything with each other, from embarrassing moments to weird sexual fantasies and whatever else may be on their mind. The best way to avoid misunderstandings is to make a conscious effort to communicate clearly and listen attentively.
A toxic relationship is any that is harmful to your physical and mental health. This can be a one-time event or a repeated pattern of behavior. Common signs of a toxic relationship include: