Relationships affect the entire family.

People in loving and committed relationships are typically happier and healthier than those in relationships that are faltering. They are also less likely to embark on unhealthy behaviours. Children who live in homes where relationships are strong are happier and more secure. It is therefore in the interests of the entire family that you work to improve your relationship. It’s never too late to take action.

Facing difficult times

All relationships face difficult times but partners in supportive relationships will help each other to get through the hard times and will enjoy the good times together. Many couples give up on their relationships and choose instead to separate. It can take years to recover from such an emotional upheaval, and many people suffer health and emotional problems following the break up of their relationship. Many families are financially worse off following the separation.

Triggers that can change the relationship

There are many triggers that can change the dynamics of a relationship. These include

  • Financial problems in the home
  • Living separate lives, doing your own thing
  • The arrival of children
  • Problems during the development of the children
  • The departure of children
  • The demands of work
  • Retirement

Most of these stresses will be faced at some time during a long-term relationship. However, there are also other less expected stresses that many couples may have to face. These include

  • Living apart
  • Illness or disability
  • Substance abuse
  • Unemployment

Every relationship faces challenges but those in supportive relationships are more likely to weather the storm.

Good Relationships

Couples in good relationships love and respect one another. They share good times and bad. They are committed to one another and will put the other first. Communication is key, and couples in good relationships know this. They give each other emotional support and enjoy intimate moments together. They have a shared vision of the future and have reached agreement on issues of mutual interest such as child rearing and finances.

Relationships are important to your physical and emotional well-being

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