Building positive relationships is essential to feeling and being healthy. Try these tools to communicate:
- Be clear with your statements and, if needed, ask for clarification.
- listen actively by paying attention, questioning, and minimizing judgments.
- Use ‘I’ statements, not ‘You’ statements, when expressing feelings.
- Make eye contact.
- Be aware of your body language.
Boundaries help define your emotional and physical space. Try these suggestions to set up healthy boundaries.
- Earn trust and have your trust earned.
- Share personal information gradually and mutually.
- Protect your boundaries from intrusion.
Try these approaches to maintain a good relationship with family members:
- Keep them involved in your activities and share feelings.
- Let go of your sense of over-responsibility for others.
- Set aside time to spend with your loved ones.
Feeling disconnected? Take a personal inventory and ask if you have isolated yourself, avoided people or feel others have avoided you, or you have not spent enough time with friends and family. If so, it may be time to ‘hang out’ with a supportive circle that can help lift your mood, make you feel better, and encourage your goals.
For further information or help, visit the suggested websites and read through the material. Or visit the Student Health Center, Bldg. 67B and request personal counseling.
Love is Respect: www.loveisrespect.org
Online Chat w/Peer Advocates available 24/7
Text loveis to 77054
Healthy Place: www.healthyplace.com/relationships
Info for Teens: www.plannedparenthood.org/info-for-teens