Sometimes I want to write on other things besides relationships but every time I try, I realize subjects on relationship is in-exhaustive. As long as we have fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, cousins, grandparents, nieces, nephews, friends and even God, there are no limits to the subjects on relationship.
There are certain things on relationships that I might have conceived in my mind but then again, I don’t want to be overly sensitive about these issues in relationships but when I heard it first hand from a medical doctor that the relationships in our lives actually affect our health, whether good or bad, I reconsidered my careful consideration in the matters of relationships.
So I’m here to discover possible ways in which good or bad relationships actually affect our health.
It’s no rocket science that relationships enable us to be who we are. Whether good or bad, they nurture us into our adulthood. Now, what we choose to be afterwards is a totally different conviction all together. We emphasize healthy relationships because they help us become better people. Relationships can reduce stress and have been linked to overall improved health. This cannot be over emphasized.
Relationships, no doubt, are challenging, sometimes exhausting. People with poor relationships are more likely to suffer from depression, and loneliness which is powerful enough to weaken our immune system.
Let’s further understand the ways intimate and social relationships impact our health.
Relationships – whether social or intimate – make people happier and contribute to joy in our lives. They constitute a vital part of well-being, after all, we are very social creatures. In the desire to connect and be appreciated, we tend to make fools out of ourselves sometimes and that’s totally understandable. After all, relationships aren’t all logic and science. It’s based on emotions, sentiments, vulnerability and communication. Connecting can be scary, but it’s how we bond with one another. When couples are in a constant state of conflict, it is detrimental to their health and well-being.
One of the ways to nurture healthy relationships is to practice gratitude. Expressing gratitude towards a partner or a friend or family or even work can boost positivity. Relationships are hard work. Maintaining relationships are even more work than when you first started off but you need to invest time in them if you want people to be there for you and appreciate you in times when you really need them.
Make an effort to spend time with the people that matter in your life – accept one another, practice forgiveness and allow yourself be vulnerable.
Sometimes we work so hard to protect ourselves, but opening up is key to developing a deep, intimate and lasting healthy relationship. If for nothing, do it for your health, you’ll be glad you did.