Mental Health and Relationships

Mental Health and Relationships

Talking about mental health with anyone can be daunting enough, but how do you approach that subject with someone you are dating or are in a relationship with? 

When even is the right time to do that? Questions I have struggled answering in the past and ones which I don’t think have a ‘one rule for all’ approach. Since struggling with Anxiety, I have been in a couple of long-term relationships where I have had good mental health and also bad mental health and my experiences have differed. 

I have been in a relationship where my boyfriend ‘gets it’ and one where it’s taken a bit longer to understand the day to day. Both experiences have shaped the way I view mental health & relationships and have influenced how I approach the subject. 

In my current relationship, I have had to introduce anxiety and really take care not only to understand how a relationship impacts my anxiety, but also take time to learn how my anxiety can impact the person I’m in relationship with. It’s been difficult, I can’t lie and it has tested us beyond limits, but if you are able to put in the time, it is worth it. 

I used to send articles about anxiety to my boyfriend to help him understand how I can sometimes feel, as well as sending him articles to read about how he might be able to support me. Communication is key. If you can get to a place where you can both openly talk about how you feel, then that’s a step in the right direction.

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