Relationships aren't always easy. Here's how to navigate some common challenges.
Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. It’s not okay to feel threatened or scared for your emotional and physical safety in any relationship.
People experiencing abuse in their relationships may feel like they can't tell others. If there are some things about your relationship that don’t feel right, it’s okay to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. If you're experiencing abuse, it's not your fault, and help is available.
For more information about violence or abuse in relationships, Shine (0508-744-633) and Women’s Refuge offer support and resources.
It’s normal to have disagreements with the people we care about from time to time. Try to communicate openly, listen to the other person's perspective, and take responsibility for your part in conflicts. Conflict can be overwhelming when you’re already feeling down. Sometimes, taking a step back is necessary for your wellbeing.
If you're finding yourself caught in a whirlpool of overthinking or worry, here are some strategies you might want to try:
- Have a chat: Open up a conversation, but let's keep it blame-free. Share your feelings without pointing fingers. Instead of saying, “You haven’t called me in ages,” how about, “I’ve really missed our korero (talks) and would love to find ways to stay more connected.”
- Listen with your heart: Hear them out and see the world through their eyes. If things aren't crystal clear, don't be shy to ask questions. Understanding each other is key.
- Own your part: Sometimes, without meaning to, we might hurt those we care about. If that's the case, taking responsibility is a brave and important step.
- Plan together: Crafting a way forward is a team effort. It might mean taking a breather to cool off before making any big decisions. That's okay – sometimes, space is what we need to see things more clearly.
Not every relationship sails smoothly, and that's alright. There are times when people in our lives might cause us pain or disappointment. Recognizing when a relationship is no longer serving your wellbeing is crucial. Healthy relationships are anchored in mutual respect, trust, and understanding. If you've given it your best shot and the seas haven't calmed, it's perfectly okay to step back and focus on your own wellbeing.
Navigating relationships isn't always easy, but remember, you're not sailing these waters alone. We're here to support you with information and guidance every step of the way. Stay strong, stay connected, and most importantly, stay true to yourself.