- Process your feelings first.
- Thinking about timing.
- Start with ‘I’ statements and feelings.
- Focus on being both being heard and listening.
- Make compromising and resolution the goal.
- Set clear boundaries.
- Leave notes for your partner.
- Regularly check-in throughout the day.
Why do I struggle to communicate with my partner?
Lack of awareness
Oftentimes we don’t really even know how we are feeling and what we are needing in our relationships. It’s so much easier to focus on our partner’s behavior and point the finger at them than it is to look inward and really pay attention to our own feelings and needs.
What does poor communication look like in a relationship?
Signs of bad communication in a relationship:
Criticizing or belittling each other. Getting defensive. Stonewalling (i.e., giving the cold shoulder) Passive aggression.
How do you communicate with a serious relationship?
If you feel confident at this point that you want things to be serious, go ahead and tell them that you’re ready to move from a casual to a committed relationship, says Trespicio. “Explain what kind of relationship you want and why, defining what commitment means for you without giving an ultimatum,” she suggests.