Learn to relish your relationships
Updated: Apr 28
For many people, especially younger generations, figuring out a balance between the distractions in the digital world and the isolation of COVID-19 brought on many challenges. A major one being how to maintain healthy relationships both romantic and platonic, and keeping them going healthy and strong. It is important to figure out said balance sooner than later, as it can help you in other aspects of your life as well. We decided to reach out to students and faculty on campus to gain insight into how they have combated this.
Senior business management major Eric Robinson stressed the importance of boundaries in any relationship.
“To maintain a healthy relationship, start establishing boundaries and to be honest and respect each other,” said Robinson.
Senior psychology major Emily Casella agreed, saying, “do whatever makes you feel comfortable, and no one should pressure you otherwise.”
Others such as Director of Student Activities and Orientation, Thomas Morgan, discussed communication and its vital role in maintaining healthy relationships.
“Communication is key. Be very clear and direct about what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t keep any secrets,” said Morgan. “Make sure that you let your partner know exactly how you’re feeling, otherwise they won’t know, they’re not psychic. You’ll never be able to solve any problems that way.”
It is evident in our findings that the importance of the matter is crucial, and it also takes effort. This is also backed up by science. In a study conducted by Harvard Health, people who were in more satisfying relationships had a correlation with lower risks of things such as dementia, cardiovascular diseases, and anxiety/depression. Meanwhile, according to the American Psychological Association, “Anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent).”
It is not fun to deal with the stressors of our lives, but having healthy relationships with those around us allows us to become better, more relaxed people, which in turn benefits ourselves. Your anxiety and stress will decrease, and your productivity and health will improve. Many people get carried away with the pressures of life, but having a strong connection to those who care about you makes it all the more easy.