The relationships we have in our lives impact upon us in so many ways
It’s essential that we try to have healthy, respectful relationships with others. It’s a huge part of our lives and can affect our wellbeing and mental health.
There will always be differences between you and other people – being respectful means you accept them for who they are and vice versa.
Conflict is a part of life and relationships – you won’t always agree with somebody else’s decisions or beliefs, but knowing how to respectfully disagree is a skill you can learn.
"Respect comes in many forms – it shows that you accept and value the other person and that they accept and value you."
Showing respect for others in different ways
To have healthy, respectful relationships you need to know what respectful behaviour looks like. Below are some examples of how to show respect to others.
Try asking yourself - do the important people in your life behave this way towards you?
Being respectful of others is something we can all learn
Giving and receiving respect is an ongoing process. It’s something that doesn’t stop once you’ve established a relationship but is something that you continue to work on.
If you think something is not right with your relationships, ask yourself these questions:
Do I feel safe?
Do I feel supported?
Do I feel appreciated?
Are my needs being met?
Have they got my best interests at heart?
Are they willing to listen when I have a concern?
It’s never too late to turn things around
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