Good communication is the key to sustain a healthy relationship. It could be relationship with your parents, siblings, friends, and your equal half. Just imagine yourself not being able to communicate well with anyone, especially with your partner! It will lead to a lot of stress and misunderstandings and well, things will not work out eventually. Try to practice these steps to improve the way you communicate with your partner!
1. Listen patiently to your partner
By that it means you have to really listen intently to what they have to say to you, feel it with your heart and not pretend that you’re listening. Try to make them the point of focus and wait for your turn to speak. There are times,your partner just need an avenue to rant so responses might not be necessary for different scenarios. Through effective listening, you can also understand your partner’s train of thought.
2. Do not bring up the past
In every heated arguments, bring up the past is a huge no no! It will only make matters worse than it already was. Focus on the issue that you’re facing right now and remember to approach the situation calmly. Your current state will influence others so as long as you remain calm and collected, there’s no reason for your partner to lose their cool.
3. Avoid discussing important things through text
In all honesty, texting is the bane of relationships’ existence. First off, it has no tone to it and whoever is at the receiving end will misinterpret your message and original intent if he or she is not at the right frame of mind. When you communicate in person, you can read facial expressions, tone and body language. Most misunderstandings can be avoided through face-to-face communication.
4. Honesty is the best policy
If you truly cherish a relationship, you would always want to be honest with your partner. For instance, you are unhappy with what your partner is doing, then talk to him or her about it! Do not try to hide things because as you bottle things up, it can lead to frustration and explosions later,which will cause a dent in your relationship. Do make sure that your partner knows what you’re thinking or feeling from time to time.
5. Fight in the right way
Yes, at the end of the day we are only human who make mistakes so fights are sometimes inevitable. So, learn how to fight in the right way and iron things out properly. Most importantly, both you and your partner have to be fighting for each other, because the last thing we want is either one of you walking out the door, do we? As tempting as it can be, try avoiding nasty and derogatory words to your partner because it’s like adding oil to a fire.
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