1. Listen to each other
Sound obvious? Ineffective listening remains the backbone of most relationship problems. Switch off your mobile and give your partner your full attention.
2. Stay focused
Between cooking dinner and getting the kids ready for bed, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to your partner’s problems. It’s important to stay focused on what your partner is saying and give your full attention.
3. Try and see things from their point of view
You might not always agree with what your partner has to say, but it’s important to consider things from their point of view.
4. Show empathy and understanding
5. Use technology wisely
Technology can be a big disruption is a couples’ ability to communicate. It can be easy to misunderstand a person’s meaning in a text message, so stick to a phone call to keep things clear and easy to understand.
However, when it comes to bringing people together technology can be one of your greatest assets. Online dating sites, like eHarmony, not only specialise in bringing together compatible people, they also give them the opportunity to really get to know one another in a safe and comfortable environment.
6. Don’t enter the blame-game cycle
It’s not uncommon for couples to enter disagreeable patterns and cycles in their relationship, like finding fault and laying blame. Make a point of breaking the blame-game cycle and instead look for the positive in their behaviour.
7. Make the time
In our busy modern lifestyles, one of the biggest hurdles is healthy communication time. Make time to talk in a happy and friendly environment, like a trip to your favourite café or restaurant.
8. Ask for help
If communication has sunk to an all time low and you can’t seem to interact without arguing, there’s nothing wrong with seeking professional help. Relationship counselling is a positive step that can break the negative cycle.
9. Take time out
If you’re fighting a lot, sometimes it’s worthwhile taking time out. It might mean going for a walk to clear your head, it might mean staying a night at your parents. Either way, creating space can give you the perspective you need to see things clearly.
10. Stay positive
Negativity breeds negativity. Stay positive, smile and make sure your partner knows above all else that you love them.
This article was a guest post by Alice Johnson. Alice is a freelance writer who writes extensively on a variety of topics related to relationships, dating, travel and food.