Pay close attention to what your partner is saying, without interrupting or formulating a response in your mind. Give them your full focus and show that you value their words.
Create a safe space where both partners feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without fear of judgment or criticism.
Try to see the situation from your partner's perspective. Empathy helps you connect on a deeper level and promotes understanding.
When expressing your feelings or concerns, use "I" statements to avoid blame and defensiveness. For example, say "I feel" instead of "You make me feel."
When conflicts arise, stay calm and avoid escalating the situation with harsh words or yelling. Take a break if necessary and return to the discussion later.
Remember that body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice can convey a lot. Be mindful of how you express yourself non-verbally.
Make time for regular check-ins to discuss how your relationship is going, what's working, and what can be improved. This proactive approach can prevent issues from escalating.