Are your relationships positive and rewarding? Answer these questions to get some tips on how you could improve your relationship self-care.
When life is busy, it can be hard to prioritise your relationships.
Research suggests that surrounding yourself with positive relationships can be an important way to improve your overall wellbeing and re-energise when times get tough.
How do you invest in your relationship self-care? These activities can help:
Schedule time with people whose company you enjoy, catch up with old friends you haven’t seen in a while, and join in special events such as birthdays and celebrations.
Create a ‘third space’ between work and home where you can go on your after-school commute. Stop off at a local park, take a short walk, or even sit for five minutes in your car in the driveway. While you’re there, reflect on what went well that day, and take a moment to rest and reset so you don’t bring work stress home with you.
Ask for help from those you trust whenever you think you need it.
Check in with yourself before saying ‘yes’ to everything: sometimes what you really need is a quiet day spent alone.
If you can’t make it to a catch-up with a friend, reschedule it instead of just cancelling.
It looks like you’ve already taken steps to surround yourself with good relationships. Continue building your resilience by adding more relationship self-care strategies into your life.
Connect with old friends, acquaintances or networks by organising an event or catch-up.
Manage your personal communications by going through old unanswered emails and messages and reaching out to people whose friendship you value.
Commit to a regular joint activity with someone who is important to you, such as a weekly bike ride with your kids or a fortnightly call with your parents.
Reflect on any negative relationships you might have and come up with a plan to manage them.
Congratulations! It sounds like you understand the importance of relationship self-care, and of maintaining and strengthening the relationships you value.
If you want to push yourself even further, consider the following activities:
Perform random acts of kindness for people you haven’t connected with in a while, or even for complete strangers.
Reach out to friends who might need additional support, and strengthen your connections with them by offering to help.
Take time to create and maintain physical spaces in your life that feel healthy, such as your home, garden or even your work desk, and share those spaces with others.
Reflect on your own social needs and develop a healthy balance between time you spend with others and time spent on your own. Both are important and in the right balance should leave you feeling positive.