Many of us are struggling with making their relationships work. But how do we really know if it’s time to let go or just try harder?
Relationships can be messy. They never were the magical fantasies promoted by mainstream media. Once we lift the veil of illusion, we realize they are always and will be work in progress.
But how can we tell for sure that we’re in a healthy relationship, instead of a draining and toxic one?
To put it rather simply, a mature and healthy relationship is one that feels empowering for both partners. If the connection you have with your loved one feels right, physically, mentally and emotionally, then you’re with the right person.
Here are 5 signs you are in an empowered relationship that is definitely worth fighting for:
1. You talk about each other’s feelings, ideas, thoughts and concerns
This is fundamental because a faulty communication will often lead to the relationship’s downfall. More important than talking though is the act of validation. This doesn’t mean you have to always agree with your partner.
But validating their feelings and experiences will create a space where it’s safe for them to feel the way they do.
2. You both do what you say you are going to do
There are some couple out there who will say they want a healthy relationship and then go and engage in the same toxic habits. When both of your actions align with what you say and think, you will be able to find more stability.
3. You support each other’s needs and wants
This is again crucial. It shows that you care enough to stand by one another in difficult times as well when it comes to celebrating your successes together. If you notice your needs start being out of sync, then you should have a conversation about it.
4. You are physically connected to one another
In other words, you are crazy about each other. There is chemistry and attraction and you enjoy being with one another. It may sound obvious, but there are many couples out there who have become disconnected and no longer remember what drew them to their partner in the first place.
5. You are open to seeking help outside your relationship
Sometimes, you need an outsider’s perspective on some issues that may occur between you two. Simply because they could be more objective. So don’t hold back from talking to family, friends or seek professional counseling. You never know who might hold the key to your problems.
Sometimes, relationships require our full attention and effort in order to work and flourish.