Relationships come in a variety of forms - friendships, roommates, classmates, romantic interests, and long-term partners. Relationships  offer us the opportunity to feel close to another person. Yet, they sometimes leave us with needs that are unfulfilled and can cause stress. Healthy relationships take work and the tools mentioned here may spark ideas for strengthening your relationships.

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The early stages of being in a relationship involve excitement and exploration. As a relationship deepens, it's important to establish patterns in which each person can tune into their own and the other's needs. It may be important to check in periodically and recognize that relationships change over time.  Some key considerations for sustaining a relationship include:

  • Work to listen as much as you talk
  • Be intentional in growing the relationship
  • Recognize the importance of time together and time apart

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