Relational wellness recognizes the importance of nurturing positive and meaningful relationships in our lives. A key component of relational wellness is setting healthy boundaries that create a sense of safety and security for ourselves and others. Being able to recognize and communicate boundaries with our relationships can enhance and strengthen our social bonds.
Relational wellbeing can be found in various aspects of our lives, including:
Establishing healthy relational well-being can help establish meaningful and fulfilling relationships with yourself and others.
As humans, we communicate our boundaries through verbal and non-verbal interactions that are influenced by our culture of origin. People from individualist cultures may find it easier to define boundaries between themselves and others. Collectivist cultures often identify relationships -- partners, family, and communities -- as part of their identity, making it more difficult to maintain boundaries.
It is important to be culturally sensitive to the ways people express boundaries. Bringing your awareness and respecting how family, friends, and partners approach boundaries can create a harmonious environment. Speaking about your practices with boundaries can help others to identify and share their customs.
It is important to trust your instincts and pay attention to warning signs in any relationship. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a relationship, it is important to prioritize your own safety and well-being.
Here is a list of resources and supports available to all UFV students:
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