We all struggle from time to time with communication in relationships, romantic or not. Communication is a key element to any relationship you have! Without it, what do you have? It’s so easy to say that communication is key in any relationship but not a lot of people are good at it. Sometimes I don’t think many people realise they are bad at it. Which is why I’m here with some tips on how you can improve that communication within your relationships.
ASK OPEN QUESTIONS
It sounds like something small but asking open questions is really helpful. Now if you don’t know what an open question is, I am here to explain. An open question is one that doesn’t just require the person responding to say yes or no. A yes or no response answer is called a closed question. For example:
A closed question: Did you have a good day?
A open question: How was your day today?
Do you see what a difference it makes? It keeps the conversation open to more of a response from the other person! Thats just one small way to get to know the other person better, maybe they’ll tell you something they normally wouldn’t have.
CONVERSATIONS ARE A 2 PERSON THING
Always remember to think of others in your conversations. Try to not talk about yourself as much. Ask how they are, ask them questions. Listen to hear, don’t listen to respond.
This is easier said than done but if you feel like the other person isn’t hearing you, you need to let them know. Be open and honest about how it’s making you feel.
Honesty is so important in any relationship. Be honest with people. If you feel forgotten, let them know. If you feel like communication is lacking, let them know. But remember to follow it up with actions. Theres no use in telling somebody that their lack in communication is bothering you without telling them how to fix it. You could work on that together! Some people don’t even realise as I said earlier, that their communication is lacking. So a gentle reminder is always good.
It’s so important that we make time to have conversations with people and be deliberate about it. How many times have you said “We should catch up!” and it’s never happened? SAME. Because it’s never been actioned. Set aside 10-15 minutes a day to call your friend or partner and just have an open and honest conversation. It’s important that we feel heard, so doing this will help a lot.
It can take some time to develop strong connections with people but when you do, like anything in this world they need to be maintained. Maintaining a good level of communication is so important in any relationship.