Mental Health and Relationships


Relationships are a major part of our lives and help make up the social support network that is essential for mental health. Having friends and other social connections improves your mood, reduces anxiety and depression, strengthens your immune system, helps you recover from illness and can even lengthen your life.

Different types of relationships — friendships, family, cohabitation and marriage — all have their own unique traits. But no matter the type of relationship you have, it’s important to remember that they all play a crucial role in your emotional wellbeing.

1. Friendships – When you’re in a friendship, you have a strong emotional bond with another person. This bond is built on mutual respect and trust. You may not always agree with one another or you might not like the same things, but it’s important to know that you can trust your friend to listen to you and be there for you.

2. Family – When you have a family, you have a group of people with whom you share your beliefs and values and who are there to support you through times of need. This kind of relationship can be difficult at times, but it also offers security and a sense of family-like love that many people crave.

3. Committed relationships – The term “committed relationship” refers to an interpersonal relationship that is based on mutual commitments involving exclusivity, honesty and trust. This may be a romantic relationship or a long-term relationship.

4. Codependent or Shitty Relationships – When someone is in a codependent or shitty relationship, they are willing to put up with their partner’s bad behaviors in exchange for the benefits of having the relationship. This can lead to resentments, and it can be very unhealthy for the relationship.

5. Commitment – When two people choose to commit to each other, it means they are willing to put their needs above their own and work for the relationship. This can be very challenging, but it’s important to do it if you want to get the most out of your relationship.

6. Nonverbal Communication – When you can pick up on your partner’s nonverbal cues, you can be more effective in communicating with them and you can also know when they’re feeling down or upset.

7. Boundaries – If you have a relationship with someone who pushes against your boundaries or wants to change them, this can be a sign that they’re trying to manipulate you or are not honoring your needs. It’s important to set and respect boundaries for yourself, but if your partner is pushing you or refusing to abide by them, it’s time to talk to a therapist about it.

8. Healthy relationships – When you have a healthy relationship, it’s secure enough for both of you to enjoy your own interests and passions, without constantly feeling pressured to do something together. This is a great way to keep your bond strong and keep the conversations flowing.