We all seek to know the secret to a happy and healthy relationship. Healthy relationships support psychological well-being, physical health and help create happiness and purpose in each of us. Knowing what changes, you can make can help improve your relationship regardless of how good or bad it currently feels.
The health of our relationships affects each of us and our children in a variety of ways. As parents, our well-being, and our children’s well-being, can be damaged or can thrive. The quality of the parent’s relationship directly affects each individual within the family system, including the children. In the family’s complex structure, understanding elements supporting the parents’ relationship can have tremendous benefits.
A therapeutic approach to wellness encourages mindfulness, self-awareness, perspective-taking, value adherence, and persistent action toward one’s goals. The aim is to promote psychological flexibility, the mental skills that enable people, even in the most stressful circumstances.
This flexibility helps people to:
Those with Psychological inflexibility tend to have rigid responses that can escalate negativity. Hence, psychological inflexibility can be considered a vulnerability in the face of stressful events. People who have greater psychological flexibility are more proficient and flexible, thereby adapting to life stress and pressures without conflict and aggression.
Being Psychologocially flexible helps create:
Psychological flexibility may be a key ingredient in high-quality relationships and optimum family functioning. Flexibility is something we can cultivate with education and a desire to achieve. Mindfulness can be practised individually, and it has the potential for supporting healthier responses to daily stressors. Flexible psychological practices appear helpful in supporting flexible responses to children, which then benefit all areas of the family system.
In an age when stress is frequently with us all, where phones / work / technology / social media are ready distractions and always present, finding ways to stay in the moment, accept feelings and thoughts as they occur and pass, and keep our eye on the main goal for happiness and connection, are more essential than ever. You really no longer need to carry them, why not get rid of them now.