How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship During Conflict
April 26, 2023
Keith Donnelly

It’s not easy to develop healthy relationships with other people. In fact, most people spend their entire lives trying to figure out how to get along with their partners, friends, and family members without losing their minds. But there’s a way to build healthier relationships by taking back control of your emotions, choices, and actions. The first step is to understand the relationship between your feelings and thoughts.

When you feel a certain way (for example, anxious or angry), it’s easy to assume that this feeling is caused by something outside of yourself (like your partner). But if you look closely at what happens when you feel a certain way, you might notice that there are times when your emotions happen without any apparent reason. This is because your feelings aren’t always caused by something external. Sometimes, they come from within you and without an identifiable cause.

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It would help if you first recognized that you have the power to control how you react to different situations. Once you realize this, it will be easier for both of you to take responsibility for yourselves and stop projecting the blame on one another. When things aren’t working out, take a step back and evaluate the situation. What is causing it? Is this something that can be fixed on its own, or do we both need to put in some effort to solve it?

Once you have identified the problem, talk with your partner about what needs to happen for things to work better between the two of you. The bottom line is that it’s essential to communicate in a way that doesn’t hurt your partner. This way, you can learn to connect in a way that leaves both of you feeling safe and respected at the end of a conflict. You might also want to consider going to couples counseling or seeing a therapist. This can help you learn how to communicate more effectively and vent any frustrations that may be building up inside you before you burst at the wrong time.

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