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Ways Experts Say You Can Build Stronger Relationships In 2021

Women's Health Logo By Jennifer Vishnevsky of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 15: We’ve all experienced how hard it is to be physically separated from our loved ones—and spent most of 2020 trying to adjust our relationships to the new normal. But what about taking it one step further? Instead of just maintaining, challenge yourself to strengthen the relationships in your life. Our experts look at some ways to walk into 2021 with stronger relationships across the board, whether that’s a friend, colleague, partner, family member, or even that Facebook friend you’ve never actually talked to. Working on your relationships can probably do a world of good to your overall health, too.“Cultivating positive connection with others will be an essential part of mental health for 2021,” says Miranda Wilcox, MA, PCC, founder, coach and consultant at Thrive Potential, LLC.“We need to mitigate the emotional toll and isolation of COVID by being intentional about whom we interact with and how we do that. Technology, which often contributes to feelings of disconnection, can also be used as a tool for building relationships. Regardless of location, the right conversation can provide a mutual sense of understanding, belonging, and commitment. Being vulnerable, encouraging openness, and providing a safe space for sharing are ways we can use conversations to deepen connection.”So if 2020 highlighted some areas in your relationships that need some TLC, try some of these tips to start 2021 off by focusing on the relationships that are the most important to you.

We’ve all experienced how hard it is to be physically separated from our loved ones—and spent most of 2020 trying to adjust our relationships to the new normal. But what about taking it one step further? Instead of just maintaining, challenge yourself to strengthen the relationships in your life. Our experts look at some ways to walk into 2021 with stronger relationships across the board, whether that’s a friend, colleague, partner, family member, or even that Facebook friend you’ve never actually talked to.

Working on your relationships can probably do a world of good to your overall health, too.“Cultivating positive connection with others will be an essential part of mental health for 2021,” says Miranda Wilcox, MA, PCC, founder, coach and consultant at Thrive Potential, LLC.“We need to mitigate the emotional toll and isolation of COVID by being intentional about whom we interact with and how we do that. Technology, which often contributes to feelings of disconnection, can also be used as a tool for building relationships. Regardless of location, the right conversation can provide a mutual sense of understanding, belonging, and commitment. Being vulnerable, encouraging openness, and providing a safe space for sharing are ways we can use conversations to deepen connection.”

So if 2020 highlighted some areas in your relationships that need some TLC, try some of these tips to start 2021 off by focusing on the relationships that are the most important to you.

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