I love this meme.
Learning how to articulate your thoughts, feelings, and emotions can be one of the best ways to learn how to better advocate your boundaries, desires, wants, and needs to others.
First, take a deep breath. Sometimes, anger or frustration may unintentionally cause you to say things that can cause irreparable damage to a relationship.
Secondly, ask yourself if you are prepared to respond at this moment. Think about how you want to be received and perceived. If you want to be received warmly, loud, and confrontational conversations may cause the person or people that you are speaking to, to shut down. If you are perceived by others to always be angry, frustrated, and/or unapproachable, they may not be willing to fully listen to what you have to say.
Remember, we all respond to confrontation differently. Our upbringing, and past experiences, both positive and negative play an important role in how we may receive the conversation.
Understanding your communication style(s), your love language(s), your emotional intelligence, and your level of emotional comprehension skills may help you better articulate your feelings. The better you are at thoroughly expressing your thoughts, feelings, needs, and desires, the easier it may be for you and the people that you love to communicate with each other.
We all deserve to be heard, understood, and validated.
Tips for better communication:
1) Read the room. Is right now the best time to have the conversation?
2) Ask the person if they have any available mental space to concentrate on the conversation.
3) Be open to fully listening to what the other person has to say without interrupting them.
4) Remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
5) Try not to bring up any unrelated issues. This may cause unnecessary stress and distract you both from the present issue(s).
6) Try to remain calm.
7) Be present.
Healthy communication can bring you closer to the people around you. Healthy communication is all the rage these days.
Loveli Brown xoxo
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