There are many types of relationships like family, friends, co-workers, classmates, associates, neighbors, pets, intimate partners, etc. Relationships are a key function to living in society and relieving any sense of loneliness that we may feel. As humans we all require a level of companionship and will vary for each of us on how we define relationships with the people in our environment. It is a good idea to have an understanding of what each type of relationship means to you and able to communicate that when trying to establish a connection with other people.
Relationships are not only about connections with those around you but most importantly with yourself! After you have taken care of your needs then you can be sure and capable of helping and supporting your loved ones. Be sure to make the time to put yourself first! Make certain that you are taking care of your personal physical needs (e.g. sleep, good eating habits, exercising, etc.) which are necessary to function at your very best.
Do not forget to make room for things that make you happy. When was the last time you went out for a walk on your own to enjoy your surroundings? Have you played that instrument you have been pushing off on your to-do list because you are “too busy”? Just do it! Make time for things that you find joy in. If you are not used to making time for yourself and being in tune with your inner needs – meditation is a great way to get there.
“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale
… after you have that part figured out then you are ready to give a piece of your greatness to the world.