Developing strong, loving relationships helps all of us better deal with the stress in our lives. We know that social isolation and loneliness is clearly related to anxiety, depression and lower self-esteem. Conversely, being involved in a positive relationship creates physical and psychological buffers against stress and illness.
Healthy relationships are generally characterized by:
- Listening to each other.
- Open and honest communication.
- Trust and respect.
Remember that the best relationships do not need to be romantic. This Valentine’s Day, spend some time with someone who helps you feel supported and cared about. That’s the best valentine you can give yourself.