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3 Ways to Boost the Health of Your Relationships

By Genevieve Cunningham

When most of us think about health, we don't immediately think about our relationships. We think about our bodies and our minds. We think about pain. We think about illness. But our relationships make up a huge part of our lives. They affect us in every way -- even our health. Because they play such a huge role in our lives, it's so important to keep our relationships healthy and positive. If you need help boosting the health of your relationships, take a look at these tips to help you get moving in the right direction starting now.

Reevaluate

Here's a sad fact that no one really wants to think about, but is definitely true: Not all relationships are worth the effort to save. If you're focusing on relationships, go ahead and reevaluate. Cut out the relationships that are toxic or overly negative. Keep people in your life who make you better -- feel better, act better, and strive for more. If you have relationships that are sucking you dry, cut them out -- or cut way back -- and move on.

Take Time

Relationships require time. You have to spend time with the other person. This allows you to get to know each other, share experiences and laughs, and develop personal connections. If you think that some of your relationships need improvement, carve some time out of your schedule to spend with that person. Yes, it will take effort. Yes, it might require some planning. But if the relationship is important to you, these will be small concessions to make for a chance at a healthier relationship in the long run.

Adjust Expectations

Sometimes we expect too much out of people. We might expect a friend to stop by once per week. We might expect them to call instead of text. But these are our expectations, not necessarily reality. Adjust your expectations a little. Understand that all people are different. All friendships are different. If we rein in our expectations, we can accept relationships for what they are instead of wasting time wishing they were different.

Relationships are key to a healthy and fulfilling life. But if we're not careful, bad relationships can drag us down and make us unhealthy in both body and mind. Use these tips to nurture the good relationships in your life, and you'll likely see an increase in happiness and in health come along with your efforts.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Jordan, Utah.

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