How Open Communication About Health Can Help Build Strong Relationships

It’s pretty obvious that open communication is needed in a relationship. It’s what keeps a relationship feeling fresh; it’s what helps strengthen the bond between both parties, too. With that said, however, you also need to consider that sometimes, there are subjects that seem a bit touchy, TMI, uncomfortable, or maybe just even too personal as well. One of them, believe it or not, would be health. 

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Now, health is such an open topic, but at the same time, it’s not. It’s still one of those “keep it to yourself” types of topics that might only come out when it comes to a major, like an illness strikes. Health is there, but it’s also not there; it’s just something that couples rarely touch on. But that’s the thing: there should be open communication. It’s like finances; sure, it’s uncomfortable, but it should still be recongised and discussed. So, with that said, here’s why more discussions and openness could help your relationship. 

It Helps To Create A More Supportive Environment

Health is a deeply personal aspect of our lives, yet it profoundly impacts those around us. That’s the tough part; basically, whatever affects you is going to have an externality on your partner, family, etc. So having discussions about this, extremely personal aspect actually helps out in setting up a more supportive environment where both feel valued and understood. 

Just think of it this way: it helps with better decisions and getting the other person on board, and oftentimes, with health, that means lifestyle changes need to happen too; sometimes, whole lives get changed, so that’s why this is so important. 

Build Through Trust And Openness 

The whole foundation for every relationship, whether it be romantic, friendships, platonic, family, you name it, it’s all trust. When you share your health concerns and listen to your partner, you demonstrate care and empathy. This mutual understanding can lead to better support systems within the relationship, ensuring that both partners feel secure and valued. Again, health is extremely personal and sensitive, and there’s even some vulnerability when it comes to this, too. 

Easier For Navigating Sensitive Topics

So, this is piggybacking on what’s being said above because sometimes, you’re left in an extremely vulnerable position. Besides, some health topics can be particularly sensitive or uncomfortable to discuss, to the point where they might even be uncomfortable to think about. For your partner, for example, a procedure like private adult circumcision might leave them feeling extremely vulnerable; it’s a very sensitive topic, after all. 

But this openness (even from procedures you might need) can strengthen the support between you both. You have to show each other that you care about the other, their feelings, and what they’re going through; it really helps in the long run with health decisions. 

Better For Tackling Challenges

Just like what was already said, your health can bleed over into your partner’s life just as your partner’s health can bleed into your life. It gets to a point where, in a way, some health aspects can become intertwined. There might be a point where there are some challenges; it could be personal, it could be with them, and the same for mental health too. But this open communication about such a sensitive topic will make it easier and more relieving to manage these challenges. 

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Tracy Kiss

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London, UK

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