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    Relational Wellbeing


    Understanding Relational Wellbeing

    After staying closeted up in our homes during the pandemic, we have realized one important thing about relationships – that we cannot live without them. No amount of money or success in career can help when it comes to personal support during an adverse situation.

    Relational wellbeing or relational health pertains to interpersonal communication that builds good relations and promotes and develops empathy for each other. Relational wellbeing is not limited in scope to personal relationships either, it also helps nourish positive and supportive connections within communities and society at large.

    Be it professional relations at your workplace or personal ties with family and friends, relational wellbeing can help foster lasting empathetic and supportive relationships.

    When relations start deviating, we often resort to corrective measures by either making personal efforts or through external support from well-wishers such as friends, family, or professional colleagues. However, it may lead to psychological distress in our lives. That’s where relational wellbeing steps in. By taking active steps to balance our relationships we can avoid relational distress.

    Relational wellbeing also improves our personal wellbeing, including our health, immune system, recovery times, and mortality.

    Is Relational Wellbeing really that valuable?

    Without relationships we would feel disconnected and alone in the world. Which, in turn, will impact our physical and mental health. But sometimes we disregard the significance of personal relationships due to personal or professional desires that supersede relationships.

    People who are more connected with their family and friends lead much happier life and tend to do better professionally. They are also healthier and fitter in terms of physical and mental wellbeing.

    From an early age, i.e., the childhood, relationships start influencing our behavior. We learn to connect and respond positively towards relationships. However, changes in family structure and nuclear living in cities has changed the way we think of relationships. Instead of having trusting bonds that last a lifetime, people have become more self-centered, leading to frequent breakups in personal and professional relationships.

    Focusing on relational wellbeing can help restore the feeling of camaraderie and bring us out of isolation. Moreover, relational wellbeing can help mend broken relationships and improve the quality of our existing relationships, be they personal or professional.

    As mentioned earlier, having stable and healthy relations is linked to good mental and physical health. There can be visible outcomes of having healthy relationships, like:

    Feeling of Satisfaction

    Healthy relations bring happiness and feeling of satisfaction. Such atmosphere doesn’t let stress hamper health. After all, a happier life is healthier life.

    Keeps Stress Away

    Again, since satisfactory relations keeps stress away, there are lesser chances of developing high blood pressure and other diseases related to depression and anxiety. Also, negative emotions sit in the heart and people who feel disconnected from the world may show signs of the Broken Heart Syndrome.

    Boosts your Immunity

    When a person falls ill, they may feel physically and emotionally weak. They can get better with right treatment and medication, but emotional support is also necessary for stronger recovery. When a patient knows that there are people to support and take care of them, there are better chances of recovering sooner as compared to someone who feels lonely during illness. That emotional part is handled by support from family, friends, and loved ones.

    Keeps you Healthy

    Stress due to professional unrest or bad personal relations can contribute to weight gain. It happens because people under stress are unable to take care of themselves, they resort to stress-eating and stay indoors more often. On the other hand, a happy person keeps healthy as they will show more interest in physical fitness and socializing.

    Improve Heart Health

    Happy experiences with people around you or with a special someone send signals to your brain to release happy hormones like dopamine, adrenalin, and norepinephrine. The heart also beats and pumps blood faster, making the heart muscles healthier and stronger.

    Ways to improve Relational Wellbeing

    It’s never too late to start working on your relational wellbeing. There are several easy, self-help ways for doing that,

    • The first step is to expand your social circle. Mend old relationships and make new ones to start reaching out. While it’s not important that you have too many relationships, it does matter that the bonds you form are good ones.
    • A relationship grows when there is effort on both sides. If a relationship does not seem to be working, do not stress yourself. Let things progress organically instead of making extra efforts and then come away disappointed.
    • Care and commit to relationships with people you love and admire. Be it your family or friends’ circle or within your local community, nurture relationships with an aim to honestly cultivate bonds.
    • Indulge in activities and sports together with people from your school, office, and community to develop relational wellbeing within your immediate circles.
    • Build relationships based on mutual respect for feelings. Try to understand what the other person wants and loves to do. Convince where you can, get convinced where you should. That’s how you build lasting relationships, by being flexible.

    Coaching for Relational Wellbeing

    Relying on self-help approaches has very limited impact on grooming your social wellbeing. Online relational wellbeing programs are often self-centered and do not take a holistic overview of things. But since relationships are a personal matter, most people shy away from taking professional help before things become critical or too difficult to manage. It also happens due to lack of awareness or social taboo in closed, family-centric cultures, like ours.

    Relational disability is just like any other distressful condition where one is not able to work on making his/her relations better with individuals or group of people. Relationship coaching is for people who are facing miscommunication, lack of communication, trust issues or stress. A health, wellness, and life coaching professional can help you break the cycle of bad relationships by identifying the underlying reasons affecting their advancement and geniality.

    Here’s how your social wellbeing is engineered by a health, wellness, and life coach,

    • Finding the root cause behind your bad / not working relationships
    • Creating a relationship vision through self-change without involving others
    • Defining steps, you can take in relationships like marriage and long-term romance to take things forward
    • Guiding you through painful or repressive thoughts such as grieving a lost loved one
    • Self-improvement training through small but meaningful behavioral modifications that align with your values, needs, and desires
    • Enabling relational wellbeing through self-improvement that will ultimately help you in becoming a better partners and better functioning person all round
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    Preeti and her team are doing groundbreaking work in personal health management and preventing lifestyle diseases in India. Preeti Rao’s key professional accolades include:
    • Integrative Health Expert, USA
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    • Integrative Health & Wellness Coach & Consultant, USA
    • 20 + National and International Experience in leading Integrative Health Centers, Hospitals, Corporates and Insurance Companies
    • Former Reebok Brand Ambassador, India.
    • Former Health & Wellness Coach & Expert at Max Hospitals World
    • Winner of “Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur- Health” Award, ASSOCHAM
    • Presenter, speaker and panelist in leading TV Channels, Industry Events and Conference
    • Best Wellness Coach India, ICF (India Coaching Federation) under Navi Mumbai Chamber of Commerce
    • Managing Director, Delhi Chapter, India Coaching Federation
    • Recognised as Top 50 Health and Wellness Entrepreneur India, Times Group

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