All of us suffer a variety of health concerns throughout our lives, be them minor ailments or terminal illnesses. If you are lucky enough to have a partner to share your life with, it is best to share your concerns about any aspect of your health with them. Here are three reasons why.

A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved

More often than not, if we are concerned about something we are likely to dwell on it and blow it out of proportion in our minds. Worrying solves nothing, so your first step in addressing a health concern should be to tell your partner. You will immediately feel a sense of relief. Sometimes we just want to voice our concern, even if it is something minor.

Your partner can be objective about your concern and tell you if it is justified, or if perhaps you are being a slight hypochondriac. Your first port of call to answering your medical concerns should never be the internet. The moment you do a search on any minor symptom you will be lead in all manner of directions and convinced you have a brain tumour. Your partner will help to rationalise your concerns and point you in the right direction for proper medical attention.

They Might Have Valuable Experience of Your Malady

Another reason to confide in your partner is that they might have suffered from a similar problem. From toothache to palpitations, there are many common minor conditions people experience every day. You might be experiencing headaches merely because you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. Your partner can help ease your mind and possibly cure your problem with their first hand experience.

It is Good for Your Relationship  

If you are in a relationship with someone that you don’t feel you could confide in about any health concerns you might want to ask yourself why you are with them at all. A good relationship should provide support, stability and comfort when you need it. If this is not the case, it might be time to re-evaluate what you want and need from the relationship and if it is time to move on.

Sharing your problems, whether they are health concerns, career issues or family difficulties is good for a relationship, as  it builds trust, brings you closer together and could even teach you new skills. Often we are attracted to people who have strengths where we have weaknesses, so your partner could have a lot of valuable information to offer.

Ultimately, if you have a health concern it is best to ask someone close to you about it and then consider seeking medical guidance or assistance. It isn’t always necessary to immediately book a doctor’s appointment. First speak to your partner and get a sense of whether your issue is something you can solve yourself by changing your environment or habit. If you are deeply concerned, it is always best to seek professional medical advice.