Cuffing season is in full swing and whether you’re cuffed or not, healthy relationships within our lives are vital to our happiness. Cuffing season happens in the fall and winter months, when people who would normally prefer to be single find themselves, along with the rest of the world, desiring to be “cuffed” or tied down due to cold weather and prolonged indoor activities.

Take a moment to reflect on your relationships, whether with your friends, a significant other, or family.

Communication

Communication is a key part of any relationship. Communicating feelings, views and thoughts will allow the other person to understand you and your point of view. Being open about your wants and needs within any relationship will allow the other person to know your expectations. Lastly, face conflict. If you’re stuffing your feelings inside, you’re bound to explode eventually. When something upsets you, say something, if something is bothering you, have a discussion. Listening is half the battle of communicating.

Compromise

It’s perfectly okay to disagree with someone. We are all our own person, carrying our own experiences, views, and beliefs. Agreeing to disagree is where it gets tricky. Befriending and accepting someone who has different opinions as you can be difficult but still possible. Both sides have their reasons for the way they think and accepting that is healthy. However, never compromise your morals.

Support

No matter what kind of relationship you find yourself in, whether its romantic, friendship, or familial, be supportive. We all need people to stand by our side in big decisions and encourage us to be the best we can be. Encourage those around you to live their best life and support them through it all.

Be Selfish

One of the most important things you can do is to put yourself first for once! It is so easy to try and please everyone by putting them first, but you deserve to take care of yourself too. It’s okay to be selfish. Give yourself the TLC you give to others.

Not-So-Good-Times

Accept that there is going to be good and not so good times with any relationship. Life is a crazy ride, and people go through all sorts of things. Next time a relationship isn’t all daisies and roses, think of ways to communicate, compromise and improve your relationship. Overcoming the hard times only makes a relationship stronger. Also, realize that you can’t expect to get along with everyone you meet, just as you can’t expect every relationship to last.

If you find your relationship not being very healthy, remember to take action. Whether it’s incorporating these 5 things into it or letting go of a toxic friend, nobody needs that kind of negativity in their life!