Most people think of wellness as “not getting sick.” But holistic wellness applies to multiple dimensions. Interpersonal wellness means having healthy relationships with one’s self and others to create positive networks, support systems, and communities. Relationships look different for different people, but the skills needed to maintain healthy interpersonal wellness can apply to all types of relationships.
What is a relationship?
Relationships are defined by the connection between two or more people. Relationships can look like
- Romantic relationships—Relationships where individuals experience attraction, intimacy (physical, emotional, or sexual)
- Acquaintances—Relationships where individuals may know or know of each other, exchange pleasantries or occupy similar spaces (class, club, team, etc).
- Friends—Relationships where individuals confide in one another and provide physical, emotional or mental support.
- Roommate—Relationship which may or may not be chosen, but gives opportunities to practice healthy relationship skills in communication, boundaries, and equitable division of tasks.
- Family—Relationship which may or may not be chosen, but affords opportunities to practice healthy relationship skills in communication boundaries, and equitable division of tasks. For some individuals, family can be a warm and safe place to confide and be supported. For other individuals, family relationships may be strained and complicated.
You Are Not Alone
If you or a friend needs support with an unhealthy relationship that may involve sexual harassment (sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), the Office of Title IX’s You are Not Alone guide may be helpful. In addition, UTK has the following resources to help you: