10 Tips to Build a Healthy Relationship

Posted by Norene Gonsiewski, LCSW on Jul 10, 2019 11:33:00 AM
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10 Tips to Build a Healthy RelationshipHealthy relationships don’t just happen, they are built.

Both partners must work on improving themselves first as well as improving the partnership.

Here are 10 items important to building a healthy relationship:

  1. Time Together - The very definition of a relationship: the way in which two people are connected. Go on dates, video chat, and make each other a priority with time.

  2. Time Apart - It's also healthy to have separate interests, friendships, and hobbies too. You'll both grow as individuals and appreciate each other more.

  3. Boundaries - It's important to give each partner privacy and personal space, and know where you end and your partner begins.

  4. Safety - Both partners feel safe without any physical, verbal, sexual or emotional abuse.

  5. Trust - Trust is a key component, and you must be vulnerable. Time to build will vary, but you should be able to rely on each others loyalty and honesty overall.

  6. Communication - Open and honest communication while sharing your wants, needs, and feelings even when they differ from your partners.

  7. Managing Conflict - Every couple experiences conflict from time to time, and the key to managing your differences is connecting without insults, name-calling, sarcasm, and other types of negativity.

  8. Teamwork - A couple in a healthy relationship views themselves as a team, and teams work together - they don't compete against each other.

  9. Intimacy - Mutually satisfying sexual relationship and the ability to share together ones thoughts, feelings, and needs. Physical and emotional intimacy maintains a connection.

  10. Commitment - Maintain your commitment with boundaries between your relationship and the outside world. Work to block any exits in the relationship with an effort to thrive.


NG-headshotThis blog post was written by Norene Gonsiewski, LCSW.

Norene has been a Relationship Coach, Counselor, Author and Educator since 1980. She offers the tools to eliminate conflict, create a vision of a passionate marriage, and overcome the obstacles to success. She has helped thousands of couples fix failing relationships and restore the love and passion in their lives.

Norene has co-authored two books, Rock Solid Relationship: Seven Keys to Restore Your Connection and Make Your Love Last with her colleague Tim Higdon, and It’s Your Mind: Own It! A Manual for Every Teen with Nicole Jon Sievers. 

Check out her website: https://rocksolidrelationshiphelp.com/

Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Eliminating Negativity