Part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is helping to promote healthy relationships of all kinds. Thanks to Destinie Hernandez, a specialist in our Powerful Initiatives in Early Recovery (PIER) program and Maryury Reyes, ASW, a clinician in our Full Service Partnership (FSP) program for sharing this valuable info about how we can all foster healthy relationships in our own lives.
- Communicate your needs and values. Expressing yourself respectfully and understanding your partner’s perspective can foster understanding and empathy.
- Promote healthy self-esteem! Individuals with positive self-images have healthier relationships with others.
- Model your healthy relationship for others. Children and young adults learn relationship behaviours from the adults in their lives.
- Balance individual time and quality time spent with your partner.
- Nurture individual interests by practicing self-care.
- Take responsibility of your individual healing journey by understanding your triggers and working with a mental health professional.
- Work towards resolving conflicts without yelling, belittling, and attacking.
- Work with a mental health professional to increase emotional regulation skills to keep the relationship safe.
- Have a clear understanding of each other’s boundaries.
- Explore love languages together.
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