Maintaining Strong Relationships: Communication is Key

Apr 13, 2023 | Previous Blogs | 0 comments

In 2020 when the world came to a halt and people were isolated from one another, event the introverts like myself missed connection and our human relationships.

Relationships are a fundamental aspect of human life.

Whether it is with family, friends, coworkers or romantic partners, connection with others can enrich our lives. However, building and maintaining relationships can often feel exhausting. They require effort, patience, and time.

First and foremost, it is crucial to recognize that the relationship you have with yourself is the foundation for all other relationships. You cannot expect to form meaningful connections with others if you do not have a healthy relationship with yourself. This means taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. When you are content and confident with yourself, you radiate positivity, which attracts the right type of people towards you.

Once you have built a strong foundation with yourself, you will have the energy to build connections with others. When it comes to building lasting relationships, communication is key. It is important to be open, honest, and transparent with the people in your life. Communication builds trust and helps to establish boundaries, which are essential in any healthy relationship.

  • In friendships, maintaining regular communication can be challenging, especially if you have busy schedules or live far apart. However, regular check-ins, phone calls, or text messages can go a long way in maintaining a healthy and lasting friendship. You don’t have to be in touch every day or even every month, but acknowledging significant events such as birthdays or milestones is a testament to the importance you place on your friendships. I have a dear friend with whom I don’t communicate frequently anymore, but we reconnect on momentous occasions or special dates, and I know she would be there for me at the drop of a hat if I ever needed her.


  • Navigating communication in family relationships can be intricate, as it may involve years of history and unresolved conflicts. I have heard from numerous friends whose families barely communicated, avoiding serious topics altogether despite their expressions of love. In my family, we may have erred on the side of over-communication, but I believe there can be a balance. Establishing open communication channels and working towards resolving conflicts are essential steps towards maintaining healthy family relationships. It’s vital to recognize that everyone has their own perspective and to attempt to see things from their point of view. Family relationships can be some of the most significant and enduring relationships in our lives, as the way we were raised often shapes the way we raise our own children. Breaking those dynamics can be challenging, especially when it’s all we have ever known. A few ways to do that if this is new for you:
    1. Create a family group chat: If your family members are tech-savvy, create a group chat on a messaging app to share updates and stay connected.


    2. Be honest: Practice honesty and vulnerability with your family members. Share your feelings, thoughts, and concerns openly and encourage them to do the same.


    3. Use “I” statements: When expressing feelings or concerns, use “I” statements to avoid sounding accusatory. For example, “I feel hurt when you don’t include me in family events” instead of “You always exclude me from family events.”


    4. Set clear boundaries: As adults, it’s important to set boundaries with our parents to ensure healthy communication. This might mean scheduling regular phone calls or visits instead of always being available on demand.
  • Professional relationships are also crucial to success in many careers. Whether it’s with coworkers, clients, or business partners, effective communication and building trust are essential components of healthy professional relationships. Clear and open communication can help to avoid misunderstandings and foster collaboration. In addition, maintaining professional boundaries and demonstrating mutual respect can help to create a positive and productive work environment. Professional relationships can also provide valuable opportunities for mentorship and networking, which can be crucial for career advancement.


  • In romantic relationships, effective communication is even more critical. It is essential to express your needs and feelings and listen to your partner’s needs and feelings. Communication helps to resolve conflicts, deepen emotional connections, and promote intimacy. When you communicate effectively in your relationship, you create an environment of trust and mutual respect. This allows you and your partner to share your thoughts, feelings, and needs without fear of judgment or rejection. It also allows you to work through conflicts and disagreements in a productive and healthy way, rather than letting them simmer and boil over into resentment and anger.

While building lasting relationships is crucial, it is equally important to recognize when a relationship is toxic and let it go. Toxic relationships can be detrimental to your mental health, causing stress, anxiety, and depression. It can be challenging to let go of toxic relationships, especially if it is with a family member or a long-term friend. Prioritize your mental health and wellbeing. You may need to set boundaries or limit your interactions with toxic people. Remember, you are in control of the relationships you choose to have in your life.

Through connecting with ourselves we can find joy, support, and a sense of belonging in this world. However, nurturing healthy relationships is equally crucial for our overall well-being. 

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