8.) Sometimes agreeing to disagree is the option.
9.) Decide do you have to make a decision now or can it wait?
Meaning some things the time is more imminent. If it can wait, create shorter, exploratory conversations that will ultimately allow you to assess the situation in its entirety and come up with a resolution or decision. Just talk about the situation without thinking there has to be an immediate answer.
Think about a conversation that ended up in an argument or fight and decide individually how you would have done things differently. This will allow you to take stock of your responsibility in the argument and listen to the other person. This is an amazing task to conquer because it really will help you make changes.
11.) Tell your partner/spouse what YOU need in these situations.
Not what you expect, but what you need. This will also allow you to listen to your partner/spouse as well. Being invested in yourself is critical as it will allow you to be better invested in your relationship.
12.) Extend the olive branch.
It goes a long way. Offer an apology – which is not just a simple, I’m sorry! It’s actually a five step process to offer a sincere apology.
Life hacks work! They help us feel better sooner and feel that change is possible. And with that, we feel hopeful. Hopeful about today and all of the tomorrows.
Written by Kristin M. Davin, Psy.D.
Solution Focused Psychologist & Coach
Originally appeared on KristinDavin.com
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