Maintaining a Healthy Relationship

Maintaining a Healthy Relationship

As Director of Communications for Vision Maker Media, Susan serves as the liaison between producers, vendors and the organization.

Date Posted: 
2011-07-22 00:00

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Recently, I read a health article about 9 smart ways to keep your relationship healthy at any age.

A few of the recommendations that the website ( gave that stuck out to me include:

1. Watch your waistline. Just because you're in a relationship, doesn't mean you can skip the gym, taking walks and watching what you eat.

2. Have a financial plan. The study stated that nearly 40% of people have lied to their partner about a purchase. To avoid this, the article recommends discussing and setting ground rules before you tie the knot.

3. Be flexible. Life changes from when you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s and so on. Be willing to be flexible and adjust to changes that life throws your way as a couple.

4. Stay active as you age. The article stated that this doesn't mean just staying active as an individual, but as a couple by engaging in activity that gives you time to socialize and spend quality time with each other, such as hiking a trail together.

5. Be a conscious caregiver. A serious illness could affect anyone at any age. The article stated that partners who assume the role of "caregiver" sometimes feel burdened and thus their health diminishes. The article stated that if you need help, do not be afraid to ask when it is truly needed.

Reading these five statements that will encourage a successful relationship reminded me of Sterlin Harjo's (Seminole/Creek) feature-length film, Barking Water.

If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, I highly recommend that you do. The plot focuses on Frankie (Richard Ray Whitman), a Native man who is first seen leaving a hospital and speeds off in an older station wagon. Irene (Casey Camp-Horinek), is the woman who has loved Frankie for many years, but hasn't forgiven him for the many times before in their relationship when he has left her feeling hurt.

Frankie is making his last journey home to try to make amends, confronting the past, emotions of love and self-discovery. The film interweaves flashbacks to Frankie and Irene decades earlier, putting their lives and this journey through Oklahoma in context. 

A tale of love and relationships, Barking Water is very real and engages you through the pit stops of a fractured relationship.

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