When it comes to personal happiness, there are a lot of steps you can take to work on yourself. Sometimes, though, our happiness is hindered by our relationships. Relationships are one of the most important aspects of life, whether they’re with family, friends, significant others, coworkers, or someone else.
The people with which we surround ourselves shape how we see the world and how we perceive ourselves, our goals, and our own happiness. When our relationships aren’t healthy, we risk our personal happiness and success. However, cutting ties with people you love isn’t easy, and it’s not always the answer. The first thing you might want to try is to salvage a relationship.
Salvaging an Important Personal Relationship
If there are people in your life that you love, but they put a strain on your own happiness, decision-making, and your personal life, there are steps you can take to prevent a relationship collapse. Before you cut ties, try:
It’s the simplest solution, but sometimes the most difficult. Communicating requires vulnerability and trust, but it’s the first step you must take to salvage a relationship. Open a dialogue between your loved one about their actions and your own to see if there’s something you both can do to improve your relationship.
2. Putting space between you.
Give your relationship a break. Take some time apart or limit the time you speak and spend together. Sometimes our relationships just need space to breathe.
Together or on your own, therapy can offer a new perspective on your relationship, and it offers a neutral and comfortable space to express the issues at hand. A therapist can even give guidance on how to move forward.
Seeking Support for Yourself and Your Relationship
At Philly Family Life Counseling LLC, we offer a wide variety of services that may fit your relationship, whether that’s family counseling, couples counseling, life coaching, or even general counseling. Dr. Gene Devers has experience in helping people navigate difficult relationships.
We also provide group support for spouses and family members of those struggling with substance abuse through our Relationships in Recovery program. Whether to help save a relationship or determine if one is toxic, Philly Family Life wants to help you move forward toward a healthy and happy future.
Schedule an appointment online or call us at 215-677-3810 where one of our team members can answer your call between the hours of 9am – 5pm on weekdays. Not ready to make an appointment? Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our office and offerings.