We all have moments where we stop and think “I should call and check on so-and-so to see how they are”, or “I should really make an effort with this person to do more”. Life often has a way of getting in between relationships—whether they are friendships, your family, or even your marriage. Relationships don’t just happen. They take time, effort, love, patience, sacrifice, and nurturing to keep them in existence and to help them grow. This week at Imagine Hope we are talking about the importance of nurturing relationships, and steps you can take to better any relationships that you may not be giving your full time or attention to.
How has the relationship been deprived? Relationships often suffer because we don’t make them a priority. Think about how much time you invest in things such as watching your favorite television shows, surfing the internet and social media, cheering on your beloved sports team, etc.—then compare that with the amount of time that you devote to your spouse, children, family, or friends. If you aren’t devoting time, the relationship often won’t survive.
Are you communicating with this person? The more you communicate, the stronger the relationship will become. Make sure to be honest, open, and kind—even when there are disagreements. Are you able to approach difficulties with a positive attitude and find compromise? Can you support one another emotionally while still maintaining your own point of view? If your relationship is deprived of communication, it won’t grow and will cease to exist eventually.
Keep reading this week as we provide additional tips and ways that you can nurture relationships in your own life. Thanks for reading!
Source: Parenting Your Out of Control Teenager by Scott Sells, PhD
Written by: Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.