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Couples’ Guide to Mental Wellness.

2024, April 11th,

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SUMMARY / KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Building and maintaining a healthy relationship takes effort and commitment from both partners.
  • Life happens and this means that both of you might not always be able to give 100%, but for the most part there needs to be an equal amount of effort and energy.
  • So, when one (or both) of you are struggling with mental health issues, it can put pressure on the relationship.

Building and maintaining a healthy relationship takes effort and commitment from both partners. Life happens and this means that both of you might not always be able to give 100%, but for the most part there needs to be an equal amount of effort and energy. So when one (or both) of you are struggling with mental health issues, it can put pressure on the relationship. Here are some important things to know.

Communication Is Key.

Effective communication is at the heart of any healthy relationship. Make time to talk openly and honestly with your partner about your thoughts, feelings and concerns, particularly during times of difficulty when issues like depression or anxiety arise. Listen actively and without judgement, and aim to understand each other’s perspectives. 

Conflict is inevitable in any relationship, but it’s how you manage it that determines the health of your relationship. Instead of avoiding conflict or resorting to destructive behaviours like shouting  or name calling, learn to address disagreements calmly and respectfully. If this is something you know either of you struggle with, couples therapy can be helpful for learning some techniques and tips for staying calm and respectful.

Express Appreciation.

We all need to feel seen and heard in our relationships, so take time to express gratitude and appreciation for your partner regularly. Even if it’s things that they regularly do, acknowledge their efforts, strengths and positive qualities, and let them know how much you value them. Simple gestures of appreciation, like saying “thank you” or writing a heartfelt note, can strengthen the bond between you both and boost your mental wellbeing. 

Make an effort to prioritise time for shared activities and experiences that bring you closer as a couple, simple things like going for a walk, cooking a meal together or simply cuddling on the couch boosts connection and intimacy. Celebrate things like milestones, achievements and other happy moments together as a couple. Whether it’s a promotion at work, reaching a personal goal, or simply enjoying a special occasion, take time to acknowledge and celebrate each other’s successes.

Support Each Other’s Mental Health.

Be supportive of your partner’s mental health and wellbeing. Chances are, you know them better than anyone else and so you know if something is amiss. If they have a history of mental health issues then you might already know the signs that they’re spiralling, but if they just dont seem like themselves then encourage them to get professional help. If they’re religious then looking to God or their religion can help in difficult times too-find out what the bible says about fear for more information.

Maintain Individual Identities.

While it’s important to nurture your relationship as a couple, it’s also essential to maintain your individual identities and pursue your own interests and goals too. Allow each other space for personal growth and self-care, and respect each other’s autonomy and independence. A healthy balance between togetherness and individuality is key to a strong and fulfilling relationship.

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Ontology of Value (2024, April 11th). Couples’ Guide to Mental Wellness. Retrieved from: https://ontologyofvalue.com/couples-guide-to-mental-wellness/

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