I believe it is safe to say that we have all seen or read articles about the benefits of building healthy relationships with others, however, what are the benefits of building a healthy relationship with ourselves? A relationship with oneself is arguably the most important relationship one can have, so how can we foster this and how can it improve our mental health?
Having a good relationship with yourself not only improves your own insight, understanding, and acceptance of yourself, but it can also improve your relationships with others. Of course, this is easier said than done, and many may wonder what a healthy relationship with oneself may look like. According to Julie Hanks (LCSW), “a healthy self-relationship is the ability to value yourself as a person and embrace your strengths and weaknesses.”
Here are six ways in which you can build a healthier relationship with yourself:
- Care for your needs. This may look as simple as caring for your basic physical needs (eating healthily, sleeping well, exercising, etc).
- Recognize that joy is important. Prioritizing things that you enjoy and allowing yourself to indulge in them.
- Focus on your inner world. This may include being aware of your own processes and how you “tick.” Examples are considering the WHY behind your behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and actions.
- Make time for yourself. This may be difficult for some, but even taking 10 minutes every day to yourself can do so much!
- Meditate. Meditation can allow ourselves to feel peace and get through stressors.
- Be the best friend you’ve always wanted. In times where we may think badly of ourselves, think about what you might say to your best friend or family member.