New relationships are tricky.

It’s easy to mistake nerves for excitement.

 

Sweaty palms, a racing heartbeat and butterflies in your stomach aren’t always good signs when you start seeing someone. Sometimes you need to question these feelings and trust your gut instincts. It’s about listening to your body’s alerts - not just the ones you get on your phone!

Every relationship is different but the healthy ones have some important things in common: talking and listening; trust and respect; support; and having an equal say.

Even good relationships aren’t easy, but there are certain tell-tale signs that a relationship isn’t healthy: being criticised or being made to feel stupid; if it gets physical, even a shove and even just once; being forced into something sexual; feeling afraid; being made to feel guilty; being expected to do something in return for a gift; and feeling cut off from your friends or family. 

Take a look at our posters and if you think someone may be taking advantage of you or isn’t treating you as they should, there’s lots more advice and support here.