Even if you don’t have a mental illness, picking up good habits to stay mentally healthy can help in any relationship. Not sure why mental health matters? Check out these three reasons.
1. Mental Health Matters Because, If You Can’t Handle Stress Alone, You’re Not Going To In A Relationship
If you don’t have a mental illness, you may think conversations about mental health don’t apply to you. That is a misconception. According to the Center for Disease Control, “mental health” refers to emotional, psychological, and social health. Your overall mental health will affect how you think, act, handle stress, and relate to others.
Relationships are stressful. Even the most loving partners still go through hardships together. If you are not mentally healthy enough to handle stress as an individual, your partner can’t rely on you to help them through the stress you experience as a couple. By making mental health central to your relationship, your partner and you can keep each other healthy enough to weather the rough times together.
2. Mental Health Matters Because Everyone Has Relationship Baggage
Every partner brings a unique set of skills and trauma to a relationship. Negative experiences in past relationships, or negative relationship modeling from your family, can affect the mental health in your current relationship. For instance, if your ex-partner cheated on you, you may have a tough time trusting your new partner.
The trauma you’ve experienced in your past can affect your mental health negatively. It isn’t fair to your new partner if you hold them to the same standard as the person who hurt you in the past. Seeking mental health support can help you work through traumas from past relationships so they don’t have to affect your current one.
3. Mental Health Matters Because It Helps Improve Communication In The Relationship
Poor communication can be the downfall of any relationship. Often, people struggle to communicate if they have poor mental health. Mental health support, like therapy, includes interpersonal communication skills.
By improving mental health as a couple, your communication as a couple will improve. Studies show that, once communication improves, overall relationship health improves. Since most relationship experts will tell you that communication is key to any relationship, I would argue that mental health is as well!
What part does mental health play in your relationships? Tell us in the comments below! And always be sure to stop back into Love Aroono for more tips and tricks to keeping your relationship strong.