Last updated on Jan 13th, 2021 at 05:39 pm

In South Africa, recent reports indicate that a lack of communication accounts for 70% of all relationship breakdowns while a lack of sexual intimacy plays a huge part in divorces.

Pharmacist and complementary medicines expert Giulia Criscuolo says good mental health and a happy relationship takes concerted effort.

â??As a couple itâ??s important that you and your partner address communication and sexual intimacy – which are inter-linked – openly, with kindness and with patience,â? she says.

Good mental and emotional health includes overall psychological wellbeing – a prerequisite for adequately coping with emotional issues and relationship difficulties.

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Here are 10 tips to help boost your mental health so that you can have a healthy relationshipâ?¦

1. Get enough sleep

Seven to eight hours of sleep a night are required to function optimally. Getting too little sleep will negatively affect your health and your mood.

2. Exercise

Regular workouts help relieve stress, increase stamina and boost body confidence. You should aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day.

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3. Eat healthily

What you eat affects how you feel. Nutritious food will help you stay energised and affect your mood positively.

4. Limit alcohol and avoid cigarettes

Stimulants make you feel good short term but have negative long term consequences for your physical and mental health.

5. Get some sun

Exposure to sunlight, at least 15 minutes a day, will help lift your mood.

6. Soothe your senses

Appeal to your senses and relax by listening to music or getting a massage.

7. Hug your partner

A hug feels good, uplifts your mood and boosts intimacy between you and your partner.

8. Find your inner peace

Find a sense of peace through daily mediation, prayer or simply be still for 10 minutes.

9. Try something new

Add some excitement to your life by challenging yourself to try a new hobby, learn a language or travel.

10. Practise positive affirmations

A positive affirmation that speaks into your life will help you to stop focusing on unhealthy thoughts which drain your energy and cause depression.

Criscuolo says good mental health, coupled with a supportive and loving attitude, is essential for a happy relationship. And, open communication is the first step to resolving difficulties, including those relating to sexual intimacy such as Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

Also known as impotence, ED is on the rise among men of all ages – often leading to low self-esteem and strained relationships when the foundations are shaky.

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