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Resolving Conflicts Within Relationships

No relationship is free from conflict. Whether it be a relationship with a partner or friend, there will be times when disagreements arise. As hard as you try to be thoughtful and genuinely kind, there will be times when feelings get hurt because of words said (or unsaid) or actions taken (or not taken). The longer these conflicts go on without being resolved, the stronger the emotions get and the harder it is to resolve. It’s important to have the tools necessary to resolve conflicts within the relationships that are important to you. Not only is repairing the relationship with the other person important, it’s also important to repair the relationship with yourself. Villa Tranquil Recovery has some tips about how you can resolve conflicts within relationships.

 Accept Your Past

It’s normal to want to defend yourself in an argument about a mistake you’ve made. There comes a time, however, where in order to apologize and make amends with the other person, you must apologize to yourself and accept your past. By doing so, you’re allowing yourself the peace of mind that you deserve. Remind yourself that you cannot be perfect, but you can learn from your mistakes. Being at peace with your past allows you to not feel the need to defend yourself or make excuses for your words and actions. Thus, you’ll be able to offer up a genuine apology to the other person.

 See Their Point of View

Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and see the situation from their point of view. How would you feel if you were on the receiving end of your words and actions? What could you have done to make the other person feel seen and heard? By attempting to see their point of view, you get a new perspective of what you can do to resolve the conflict.

 Talk It Out

Not every disagreement has to be an argument. If voices are rising with each sentence and the situation is becoming more and more hostile, take a step away from the conversation. Return when you both feel like you can express your feelings in a calm manner. By talking the conflict out, you have a chance to explain to the other person your reasoning for your words and actions. In return, the other person has the space to discuss why their feelings were hurt. It’s important to remember that when someone tells you that you hurt their feelings, you’re not allowed to tell them you didn’t. They have a right to their feelings as much as you have to yours. Many disagreements and conflicts can be resolved if the two sides are willing to accept the past, see the other person’s point of view, and talk the situation out.

 Villa Tranquil Recovery can help you develop interpersonal relationship skills that you can use to resolve conflicts. We also offer family counseling for when a conflict cannot be resolved on its own. Contact us today at (866) 697-7573. We are ready and willing to help you in your recovery. Call now!