With most adults experiencing mental health issues at least once throughout their life, the lack of awareness surrounding mental health suggests that people with mental health issues have decreased quality of life, decreased productivity and employment, and even impaired physical health.
While poor mental health can affect a person’s relationships, if detected and dealt with, this doesn’t have to be the case. The good news is that you can still enjoy healthy, thriving relationships both as a person with mental health issues or if you’re dating someone with it. Thankfully, there are so many ways for you and your partner to find a wealth of resources and strategies to help you grow and nurture your relationship.
It is a known fact that stress within a relations can negatively affect persons already struggling with mental health issues, even worsening the condition.For this reason, it’s all the more important for partners to get involved and commit themselves to understanding and caring for their partners at this time.
Let’s break it down for you. Here are five healthy ways that are bound to nurture and strengthen your relationship when dealing with mental health issues.
- Learning together.
More than often, people dealing with mental health issues feel immense guilt, shame, or guilt regarding their situation. This, in turn, leaves their partners and loved ones feeling confused or frustrated, especially due to a lack of understanding of the situation or their inability to help. For this reason, learning about the condition together is bound to strengthen your relationship. Not only does this demonstrate your commitment to your partner and the relationship, but also makes it easier for them to understand themselves. Doing so will also help you to spot any negative behavioral patterns or symptoms manifesting in your relationship.
- Ignite the romance.
Often, poor mental health can decrease one’s libido and self-esteem and make a person uninterested in sed. While being patient with each other, it is important that you are intentional when it comes to romance and being affectionate planning plenty of opportunities to bond with each other. The benefits of sex and intimacy are numerous. A healthy sex life offers several benefits to physical and mental health. Yes, you heard me. A healthy sex life can foster good mental health. Some of these benefits include an increase in positive body image and self-esteem and decrease in stress, anxiety and depression. Not just that, but such intimacy may also help you and your partner to bond better.
- Seek professional help.
Don’t shy away from seeking help when needed. There are trusted and professional mental health workers you can reach out to when things get hard. In fact, why wait till things get hard? Consider individual and couple therapy whenever the need arises. You must understand that no two relationships are the very same and that’s why it’s necessary to embrace your uniqueness, consider the context of your relationship and identify areas where you could use some professional advice. Mental health issues are no joke. As if it isn’t hard enough already, the stigma attached to it seems to worsen the situation significantly. For the same reason, people often avoid seeking professional help or guidance. Here’s what we believe. Consider what’s good for you, and for those you love.
- Be realistic with your expectations.
If you can find middle ground to meet on, bingo! That’s half of a relationship’s stressors dealt with. It is important to understand that you can’t expect your partner to meet all your needs at all times or have them expect the same from you. This is true for all relationships and is absolutely essential when it comes to self-care and protecting your boundaries, to ensure that both of you feel safe, supported, and can enjoy a healthy relationship together.
The impact of mental health issues on partners has often been overlooked since most of the literary attention has been given to the impact of such issues on parents and children. This is more reason that we can’t stress this enough. Communication is key. Be honest and open about your feelings, needs, and concerns. Always remember that communication is a two-way process and as partners you must both feel equally heard, valued and understood.
Relationships are one of the most crucial aspects of our lives. Research indicates that people who have healthy relationships and are more socially connected with their partners, family and friends are physically and mentally healthier than those who don’t. Not only does this help you to live a longer and more meaningful life, it also reduces the risk for mental health issues. For as long as we know, social isolation has been a major trigger when it comes to mental health issues. This is why fostering supportive and inclusive relationships with partners, friends and family are beneficial to the overall wellbeing of individuals and the extended community.