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    3 Mindful Ways to Communicate Better in a Relationship

    3 Mindful Ways Open communication is the best predictor of relationship pleasure, according to research.
    But who has time for a meaningful conversation when you’re rushing to work, working a long day, picking up the kids from school, and then going to soccer practice?
    Our schedules can be extremely demanding!

    After a long day, having an open, honest talk about your relationship may seem like the last thing you want to do.
    When you do sit down to communicate with your partner, you may find yourself nodding and repeating “uh-huh” rather than being fully there.
    Although a half-hearted reaction is understandable, it does not foster connection, and appearing to listen is even worse. You’re not going to make your partner feel heard.
    No meaningful connection can be made if you’re too fatigued or if your needs conflict with your partner’s.
    The trick is to be intentional about making genuine relationships and scheduling quality time with your partner.

    It is a skill to be able to communicate effectively.
    And, like any other ability, it may be improved with practice.
    Using the three methods below to communicate mindfully allows you to exercise awareness and stay present with your companion.
    These easy mini-skills can help you develop (or strengthen) a happy, healthy relationship by improving communication channels between you and your partner.

    Three Communication Suggestions

    TIP 1: Make communication a part of your daily routine.

    Practicing your communication skills on a regular basis is the best method to improve them.
    Instead of going through the motions on “relationship autopilot,” experts at the Gottman Institute advised setting aside time each day to connect with your partner.

    Communicate with your spouse rather than just talking to them.
    Commit to being more present at the moment while speaking, listening, and spending time with your partner every day.
    That means you set aside and silence your phones at specific times. Give your undivided attention to your spouse.
    As you play badminton with thoughts about work, the kids, or what you’re going to make for dinner, pay attention rather than just nodding.
    Your spouse will notice the difference between a focused discussion and one that is on autopilot, and this minor distinction can make you feel appreciated and understood.

    Tip 2: Empathize with your partner to make them feel heard.

    Empathy is a basic human need.
    We may believe that empathy comes automatically, but we must learn to be empathic, emotionally sophisticated, and resilient.

    It takes practice to respond to obstacles with empathy.
    Thankfully, empathy is a habit that you can cultivate and strengthen on a daily basis.
    You have the option of choosing understanding over indifference, engagement over inactivity, every time you communicate with your partner.
    In your daily talks, set the purpose (i.e., make a conscious choice) to convey empathy to your partner.

    According to UC Berkeley, there are two key steps to establishing empathy. Vulnerability and listening
    Radical listening is consciously choosing to be mindful and present while your partner speaks (as we discussed in the first point! ), while vulnerability entails having the bravery to share your feelings with your partner.
    Our empathic talents are made up of a combination of these two skills, and we must improve them in order to create empathy in our relationship.

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    TIP 3: Listen to your partner without passing judgment.

    We’ve all had the experience of sitting down to have a serious chat with our spouses only to have them shut down or have nothing to say.
    Nothing stops a conversation faster than judgment and condemnation.
    It’s vital to provide a safe environment for your spouse, which encourages them to open up and share.

    Choose to think positively about your mate and their needs.
    Suspend your judgment and become curious.
    To produce pleasant feelings for someone, you can employ a mindfulness practice of loving-kindness.

    It might help you get into the appropriate frame of mind by recalling certain qualities you admire in your mate.
    By recalling joyful memories and charming characteristics, you may create a more real encounter and bring out the best in your relationship.

    In your relationship, improving your mindful communication skills will help you lay a better foundation.
    As a result, you and your partner will feel more connected, and your relationship will be more resilient to setbacks.

    Mindful communication equips you with the skills you need to tackle difficult relationships with empathy and respect.
    You can boldly confront whatever issues come as a pair when you are linked and unified.

     

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