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How to Overcome Communication Barriers in Your Relationship

Communication problems are one of the leading causes of relationship issues, as people struggle to understand each other’s needs. In many cases, the root of the problem is not that people cannot communicate, but that they have different communication styles, and therefore have trouble empathising with each other. This guide will give you tips as to how to overcome those barriers and reconnect with your loved one.

Take time out

It may seem counterintuitive to spend time alone when you are trying to fix something within a relationship, but it can be an extremely valuable tool. If you’re feeling frustrated or upset, it's important to take that time to process your feelings so that you are able to speak clearly about them. Equally, encourage the other person to spend time thinking about their own involvement and to speak calmly about their needs, emotions, and expectations.

Be open to change

Overcoming communication barriers isn’t an overnight thing—it takes dedication and persistence. You may go through periods where you feel like things are improving, only to find out later that you’ve slipped back into old habits. If you feel frustrated, don’t give up; keep the lines of communication open. Take on board the other person's needs and be open to change—it isn't always a bad thing. With this in mind, every relationship involves compromise and this is where many people struggle. A relationship should feel rewarding and equal, with neither person having to do anything that upsets them or leaves them feeling less than their worth.

Give each other time

One of the best ways to overcome communication barriers is by giving each other time. Time is the most valuable commodity we own, and by gifting some time to another person, you are allowing yourselves the luxury of getting to know each other a little better. The more time you spend with someone, the more open and honest you are able to be, and the stronger your bond will become.

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