Algoma Public Health
Good quality relationships and social support networks are so important! Strong, healthy relationships help us to manage stress effectively, problem-solve and overcome life’s challenges. They have a direct impact on our well-being and even on our life expectancy.
Relationships over the course of your life, may include relationships with family members, friends and co-workers, and intimate relationships with one or more partners. There’s also an important relationship we often forget to talk about: the relationship we have with ourselves.
It’s important to know, love, respect and value yourself before getting into intimate relationships with other people. It makes for a solid foundation when each partner has a good sense of personal identity and self-esteem, and when everyone contributes to, and benefits from, the relationship in a balanced way.
Intimate relationships can enrich your sexual life, and your life as a whole, so long as they are healthy relationships that you feel good about being in at least most of the time, if not all of the time. There are lots of different types of intimate relationships. There are monogamous relationships, casual dating relationships, married relationships and polyamorous relationships, just to name a few. It’s always important to make sure that each person knows and understands what the other(s) wants and expects and what they’re comfortable with themselves.