National Women’s Health Week (May 8 to 14) is the perfect time to assess your overall wellness. Most women know about the basics of good health — eating right, getting exercise, and having regular health screenings. But your closest relationships can also play a big part in your health.
"Studies show that healthy relationships can be a boost to your immune system, mood, and overall physical health," says Brigid McCaw, MD, medical director of our Northern California Family Violence Prevention Program.
Watch a video about domestic violence to learn about available resources and hear women talk about their experiences.
Some signs of a healthy relationship include the following:
While all relationships have ups and downs, constant turmoil in yours can take a toll on your health. "The stress of a difficult relationship can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, or sleeplessness," says Dr. McCaw. Consider talking to a behavioral health professional and learn the keys to communication in relationships.
Sometimes, an unhealthy relationship may involve more than just poor communication or stress. If your relationship features one or more of the following situations, you may be in an abusive relationship:
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