It isn’t the one you might think…
Society and the media would lead us to believe that the most important relationships in our life, in terms of the impact on our mental health are our relationships with our friends, parents and romantic partners.
Whilst they are definitely important and how healthy and secure they are can effect our mood, they don’t have the biggest effect on our mental health. The single most important relationship you will ever have, is the relationship you have with yourself. For some of us this will be the first time we’ve even considered that we have a relationship with ourselves. Think about it for a few moments:
You are the person you spend every minute of every day with. You are the person whose voice you have always heard and will always hear. You are the person who chooses what you eat, when you sleep, where you go. You are someone who will always be there to soothe and calm yourself when you’re distressed or anxious, to encourage you when your mood is low.
Whilst we absolutely need our relationships with others and there are often lots of external events that are outside of our control, working on your relationship with yourself is something you have the power to do and it can be life changing.
Start small and just begin to observe your relationship with yourself. How do you speak to yourself? How do you treat yourself? When we become more aware of the relationship with have with ourselves we can look to make positive changes that will support our mental wellbeing.
The theme of our February box is ‘All about you’ and has been designed to help you begin to build a healthier and happier relationship with yourself. Visit our shop to find out more.