Teen Rehab Tips: Your First Relationship

Relationships are exciting and scary, especially if it’s your first one! You might feel nervous, have trouble sleeping and just might not know how to act. Here are some tips to keep in mind during your first relationship.

Teen Rehab Tips: Your First Relationship

By Teen Rehab

Butterflies in your stomach, sweaty palms and plenty of uncertainty? Your first relationship can be exciting (and scary!) so here are some tips to help you feel more comfortable. 

  • Open Communication

    By Teen Rehab

    [Open communication is key](http://www.redcross.ca/what-we-do/violence-bullying-and-abuse-prevention/youth/healthy-relationship-tips) to a healthy relationship. When you’re the one sharing, be sure to say what you mean and mean what you say—honesty goes a long way. And hey, maybe you'll even be able to laugh about some of the funnier miscommunications you have!

  • Set and Respect Boundaries

    By Teen Rehab

    We all have different levels of comfort. And in a relationship it’s important to [respect your partner’s boundaries](http://www.loveisrespect.org/healthy-relationships/) as well as your own. Be open with each other about what you are and aren’t comfortable with and don’t push each other past those limits. 

  • Be Supportive

    By Teen Rehab

    Sometimes it’s easy to tell our partners exactly what we think they should do. While advice is helpful, also remember to [support your partner in their decisions](http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Relationships_tips_for_success?open) without criticism or judgement. You can also support your partner by cheering them on in their accomplishments, their talents and in what they love to do. Try attending their sports games or music shows and consider trying something new that you know they love. You'll be surprised by how much your partner appreciates the effort!

  • Don't Lose Your Hobbies

    By Teen Rehab

    Before you met your partner, you had your own friends and your own hobbies. Be careful not to lose these! While spending time with your partner is important, it’s also important to have your own interests and to continue spending time with your friends. Don’t feel that you need to change to be more like your partner. Instead, remember that they like you because of who you are! 

  • Respect and Trust

    By Teen Rehab

    Respect and trust are two of the most key aspects in any relationship. Always remember that you are two different people with two different minds! You will each have your own wishes, interests, and ideas—be sure that you respect each others, as this will build a strong foundation for trust. 

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