Relationships aren’t always smooth sailing. There’s going to be times when you and your partner don’t always agree. However, you don’t want this relationship conflict to ruin something good, especially if you’re dating again. As it turns out, there’s a few things you can do to work through this trouble…

Relationship Conflict: Push Through or Call It Quits?

Avoid criticism

One common trap people fall into during relationship conflict is being heavily critical. It’s easy to want to point out where you feel like your partner has failed. With how worked up people tend to get in arguments, this can end up turning into personal attacks very quickly. As a result, it’s important to avoid being overly critical.

It’s much more beneficial to speak more about how you feel about the issue at hand. Talk about what kind of behavior you’ve experienced and how it impacts you. If your partner can see it’s not so much them personally, but just certain actions which may cause issues, they’ll respond much more nicely to concerns.

Pick an appropriate time

Timing is also an important factor for relationship conflict. Many times, arguments end up getting out of hand because they came up at a poor time. However, being aware of when it’s an appropriate time to bring up disagreements can be crucial in limiting potential conflicts.

The best time to bring up an issue is when the both of you are calm and not busy. Don’t bring things up on days when you’re both frustrated or tired, or say right after your partner gets off of work. You especially want to keep these things private as well. Avoid bringing up these kinds of issues when you’re out in public, or with friends and family.

Take responsibility

It’s always frustrating when people don’t take responsibility for their actions. As you can imagine, it’s also a major issue in relationship conflict. You and your partner both have to be willing to take the fair share of responsibility in regards to problems and issues.

Again, remember to avoid the blame game. You both need to be able to mutually respect each other and communicate openly and freely. As long as you keep that communication open and positive, then you can both see where you might be wrong, take responsibility, and work together towards a fix.