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Healthy Teen Relationships

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It is an important time to recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships and support teens in having positive, healthy relationships. Here are some tips on how to have a healthy relationship:

Set Boundaries and Respect Each Other’s Privacy

The most important part of any relationship is respect for yourself and your partner. Setting boundaries will help you both understand what is acceptable behavior in the relationship. Respect each other’s privacy and make sure you are both comfortable with the level of communication that exists between you.

Talk To Each Other Honestly and Openly

It can be difficult for teens to talk about issues like mental health, sexuality, or dating violence. But it’s important to talk openly with your partner about your feelings and concerns so that you can work together to resolve any problems that arise. Talking honestly also helps build trust in the relationship, which is essential for a healthy connection.

Practice Self Care

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of being in a new relationship, but it’s important to take care of yourself first. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly, and taking breaks from technology when needed. Taking care of yourself sets a good example for your partner and helps keep the relationship balanced and healthy.

During this National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that all relationships should be based on mutual respect and understanding. By practicing self-care, setting boundaries, talking openly with each other, and respecting each other's privacy—you can foster a healthy relationship free of violence or abuse. If you or someone you know feels unsafe in their current situation—reach out for help immediately! There are many resources available such as hotlines or counseling services that can provide assistance and support during this difficult time.

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