In our latest etiquette guide we look at tips for building and maintaining healthy relationships. But this list isn’t exclusive for romantic relationships. It can be extended to your relationships with friends and family too!
Communicate with each other
Communication in any relationship is key. With any relationship you should feel free to express your likes, wants and desires and even niggle about your dislikes and things that are unsatisfactory. Be sure that your aim is keep a conversation open with questions about them or their experiences and if they simply need an ear, be sure that you’re doing just that. Likewise, this should be offered to you too and is an essential component in any relationship.
Additionally, when it comes to communication, consider your tone of voice. Be conscious that you’re not telling the other party their thoughts and feelings. Instead, encourage them to have an open dialogue and that you show a willingness to hear and respect what it is they have to say.
Make time for each other
All relationships need to be nurtured and that means making sure you allocate time to help them grow.
Be sure to make an effort to go on date night with your partner or organise a catch-up with friends even if that is only an hour over lunch. Ensure that phones are tucked away during this quality time and simply focus on the two of you.
It helps to organise a regular day in the week/month or picking a regular activity to ensure that you always stay connected and are continually in each other’s lives.
Keep your emotions in check
It can be all too easy to lash out at those closest to us when we’re hurting or struggling but this can have a detrimental impact on any relationship.
It’s perfectly reasonable to share your irritations and troubles, even seeking advice from those in your inner circle. However, it is unacceptable to shout at, give snide remarks or give dirty looks to those just trying to help or be supportive.
Respect each other’s boundaries
Following on from the above, it’s important to respect the boundaries of those we care about. If they’re going through something and request a little breathing space, its imperative that you give that to them. Also beware if you’re pushing any buttons to get a reaction. This isn’t healthy in any relationship.
Additionally, if you do say something hurtful or lash out to someone you care about, be sure to be apologetic and mindful of this in future.
Give each other space
It’s important to have some independence in relationships as co-dependency can put an unnecessary strain on a relationship. So nurturing friendship groups outside of your relationship and other friendship groups around other friends, participating in hobbies you’re passionate about, is important for the foundations of a healthy relationship.
Not only will your adventures and hobbies give you things to talk about with your partner and friends but you’ll build essential skills that will also build your confidence too. It’s a win-win!
We hope our etiquette tips for a relationship prove helpful. If you’re looking to read more around relationships, check out our guide to making friends, ways you can spice up your relationship and tips for getting yourself some independence below!