Healthy Minds Tip: Healthy Relationships

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Whether you’re single or in a relationship, February is a great time to think about what it means to have a “healthy relationship.” Every healthy relationship (not necessarily romantic) is based on mutual respect, trust and communication. Relationships have their highs and lows, but when it has problems or comes to an end, your health and wellbeing can be affected. This, in turn, can negatively influence your academic performance.

When you’re in a relationship, make sure you share these responsibilities:

  • Safety
  • Honesty
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Enjoyment

For more information, try out the Red Cross Healthy Relationship checklist, and read more about relationship advice at Live Well, Learn Well.

Consider your situation carefully, and make sure that your relationship is having a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. If you’re finding it hard to cope with difficulties, think about talking with a counsellor. If you’re in a situation where your safety is at risk, call the RCMP at 604-224-1322 or, in an emergency, 9-1-1.

If a relationship, be it romantic or otherwise comes to an end, make sure you take care of yourself. Talk to friends, take care of your health, and give yourself time to heal. If you have further questions about healthy relationships, feel free to visit a Wellness Peer in the UBC Wellness Centre.