Relationships are an important aspect of our overall well-being and sense of community. Building and sustaining relationships that are healthy contributes positively to our mental health, to our mood, to our ability to navigate life’s challenges, to our overall joy, and even to our immune system. As we talk about healthy relationships this week, we’re thinking about all of the types of relationships we have — those with family, friends, romantic partners, roommates, classmates, even fleeting connections with those we encounter throughout our day, and yes, even ourselves. While romantic relationships often take center stage for what we think of and even what we put much of our energy toward, it is so important for us to acknowledge and nurture all of the relationships in our lives, especially in times like this.
Identifying Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationship Qualities in This Time
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced so many new dynamics to how we build, sustain, and navigate relationships through this era of physical distancing. The fabulous One Love Foundation has created these great resources exploring what unhealthy and healthy actions look like in this time:
As we think about relationships in our lives and the challenging holiday season that we are currently navigating, setting, and respecting boundaries is a critical element. Whether it’s thinking about how logistically we will celebrate a holiday in a COVID-safe way, what we are willing or able to discuss topically with family members, or simply identifying and prioritizing our own greatest needs this holiday season, it is important to name and communicate our boundaries. In this helpful article, author Shelby Espiritu, LMFT, a therapist with local Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, shares, “Boundaries are so important for our own protection and happiness,” Espiritu says. “Protection includes not only physical safety, but also our emotional and mental safety. The point of setting a boundary is for you to feel comfortable with what is occurring.” Check out the article for more information on navigating this holiday season.
Learn More & Support for You and Others
We invite you to explore www.sandiego.edu/youareusd/healthy-relationships to learn more about healthy relationships. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual or relationship violence and/or emotional and other non-physical forms of abuse, USD resources are here to support you 24/7, even through the break. Visit www.sandiego.edu/care for resources and support or call (619) 260-2222 to speak with a CARE Advocate. Additional USD and community resources are also shared on the CARE website. For tips on how to support a friend you are concerned about, visit https://www.sandiego.edu/care/support/