Nurturing Positive Relationships With Immediate Family Members
Do you struggle to maintain a positive relationship with your father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, or child? If so, you’re not alone. Oftentimes, the people closest to us are the ones who know how to push our buttons the most. And conversely, we tend to show the worst sides of ourselves to the individuals we feel most comfortable around.
While building healthy relationships with immediate family members can be difficult, it’s not impossible. Here are some tips for how to nurture positive family relationships:
- Keep up with each other’s lives. Learning about your loved ones’ work or school duties, friendships, and interests can go a long way toward helping you feel closer to them and ensuring that they feel like you care. The next time you have dinner together, be sure to put down your phones, listen, and ask follow-up questions.
- Start a new tradition. Rituals can help families feel more stable and connected. Start having a weekly pizza or board game night, or begin planning regular getaways (you could even have your family members take turns choosing the destination!).
- Get moving. Studies show that exercise can be a great stress reliever, so if you think that stress might be contributing to tension within your family unit, you may want to consider incorporating more movement into your daily routine. Go on after-dinner walks or bike rides together, plan weekend hikes, or invest in a volleyball net for the backyard. Even if you’re not feeling stressed, working out with your family is a great way to improve your health while spending quality time together.
Looking to Build Positive Family Relationships?
If you’re hoping to foster healthy relationships with immediate family members, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our practice and answer any questions you might have.