Well-being and mindfulness, in many ways, are considered solitary pursuits. But well-being is something that can be developed in a healthy relationship. Even if the couple’s relationship is not healthy, it is still important to give each other time to develop their own sense of well-being. In one sense, relationships require support and connection, but there’s also that sense of independence. As far as well being is concerned, what can couples do to cultivate a deeper connection while also maintaining their mental health?
The importance of openness
Being open is naturally a key part of a healthy relationship, but when you are trying to cultivate a sense of well-being between the two of you, you may both have different opinions of what defines “well-being.” This means that you both need to treat each other with respect and realise that there are times when you are not going to be on the same page, but also understand that you need to work at connecting through certain practices. Sex and relationship therapists like Susie Tuckwell will always talk about the act of communicating through shared activities, whatever it may be for the two of you. But it is important, when you are conducting these shared activities, that you are open and responsive to each other.
Conducting emotional feedback
Every couple can have disagreements, and they can also fight, but arguments should not leave us with any sense of threat. It’s important for each part of the couple to speak openly about the thoughts and feelings but also making sure that it’s without interruption. Feedback from the other person can be hard, especially when it’s been done for the first time. But it’s crucial, so each person has the opportunity to voice their concerns. They may feel like they’re not being listened to or supported, and this is why the other person needs to sit there, listen, and take everything on board.
Recognising unhealthy relationships
You also need to consider, when nurturing a relationship where well-being becomes a priority, that you see how your well-being can be affected by harmful relationships. When you start to recognise what this looks like, you have a better ability to build upon this foundation of knowledge. Being around the right people should make us happier, rather than draining us of our energy. Sometimes, we can realise that we are in a relationship that is predominantly healthy, but there are aspects not good for us in the long run. But this is where you need to focus on that two-way communication. Because the relationship is about that support if you do not feel supported, this is not going to help in the long run.
Having a strong relationship is key to creating a home that supports your well-being, but there are things that you can both do to focus on well-being as a couple. Well-being doesn’t necessarily have to consist of meditation or mindfulness. But it’s about realising what you need to do to preserve yourself and your significant other in the right ways.
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