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Healthy relationships

A healthy relationship should make you feel safe, happy, cared for and secure; you should be able to be intimate with each other and enjoy sex; you should respect your partner, their body and their choices; and you should be able to negotiate sexual contact.

Romantic and sexual relationships usually start with attraction. This is when you find the person good to look at and easy talk to, they make you laugh and feel good about yourself.

It is important to understand that no one person will ever meet all of your needs. This is a common myth that people have in their romantic or sexual relationships – that this one person will fix everything, be the solution, be their everything, be perfect for them – when it actually takes lots of people to care for you, give advice, provide guidance, support and love you. Basically, this is why it’s important to maintain your other relationships, such as your family and friends.

The experts often say the three must haves in a relationship are:

One of the extras people often look for in relationships is intimacy. This doesn’t just mean sex or getting naked. Real intimacy comes from understanding your partner and sharing something with each other that you don’t get from anyone else.

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Maintaining a healthy relationship

Long term relationships require care and work to maintain closeness. Common components found in successful relationships include: • communication • respect • trust • sharing • individuality • self-care In addition, it is helpful to approach the challenges and triumphs of life (and the relationship) as a team. Fighting fairly, supporting one another and not …

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Communication in healthy relationships

Good communication means checking in with each other, asking “how are you going?” and “what been happening with you?” It is also important to be able to communicate to your partner what you need from them, such as “I need your support right now”, “I’d like you to be here with me”. Good communication also …

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Trust in healthy relationships

Trust means doing your best not to hurt your partner, often this is about thinking about your partner and doing things that wouldn’t emotionally hurt them. This means saying nice things about your partner to their face, behind their back and online. Trust means respecting your partners’ privacy, besides you shouldn’t need to check up …

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Respect in healthy relationships

One of the most important aspects in a healthy relationship is self-respect because if you have respect for yourself it is unlikely that someone else will be able to make you feel bad about yourself and you’ll have the confidence to end the relationship before it gets bad. Click here for more information about unhealthy …

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Unhealthy relationships

Unfortunately, research has shown about 1 in 3 young people will be in an unhealthy relationship at some stage. Remember that an unhealthy relationship is not always about the guy beating up his girlfriend. An unhealthy relationship is where one person makes the other feel bad or has more power in the relationship, such as: …

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Ending a relationship respectfully

Before breaking up some good suggestions are: Think about how you would end a relationship with respect to the other person. Think about how you would like to be treated if someone was ending things with you. If you want to end the relationship think about what kind of relationship you want with them AFTER …

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