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  • Healthier Conversation for Couples

    Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? Effective communication is crucial for reducing stress in relationships. 

    Here are 5 skills couples can learn to have stress-reducing conversations:

    1. Active listening: Practice attentive listening without interrupting or formulating your response while your partner is speaking. Show empathy by reflecting back what your partner said to make sure you understand. Validate their feelings even if you don’t agree with their perspective.

    2. Emotional regulation: Learn to manage your own emotions during conversations especially when discussing sensitive topics. Take breaks if you feel overwhelmed and communicate your need for a pause to avoid escalation. Using relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, can help you stay calm.

    3. Assertive communication: Express your thoughts, feelings, and needs clearly and respectfully. Use “I” statements to convey without blaming or accusing your partner.

    4. Problem-solving skills: Approach conflicts as opportunities for collaboration rather than competitions. Focus on finding mutually beneficial solutions instead of trying to “win” arguments.

    5. Understanding triggers and boundaries: Identify each other’s triggers and establish boundaries to prevent unnecessary stress during conversations. Respect their boundaries and avoid crossing them even during stressful conversations. Communicate openly about what topics or behaviors are off-limits or particularly sensitive.

    By developing these skills, couples can create a supportive environment where they can effectively communicate, resolve conflicts, and reduce stress in their relationship.