3 First Steps To Take When Your Relationship Is In Trouble*

*This is a collaborative post*

We have all been through times when our relationships seem to be in trouble or even on the verge of falling apart. When this happens, it can be so hard to keep your head and wits about you - and yet keeping your cool is likely to be important here more than at any other time. it’s good to remember that there are always things you can do if you do find yourself in a tough situation with your partner, and there is rarely such a thing as a lost cause. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the first steps that you might want to consider taking when you feel that your relationship is in trouble. By following these steps, you will be able to gain a better perspective and hopefully get to a better position with your relationship much sooner than you would otherwise.

Speak To A Third Party

Any relationship is prone to being insular, and because of this it is often challenging for you to both keep a cool head when problems arise. You will find it hugely advantageous to both speak to a third party independently of one another, as in so doing you will be able to ensure that you are going to both gain a better, fresher perspective than you would have otherwise. This third party could be a close friend whose opinion you trust, or it could be a therapist or counsellor, or it might even be that you have gone to some psychic readings for clarification. In any case, speaking to someone who is not involved will help you to straighten out what you actually think about what is going on - and that is hugely valuable.

Slow Down

It’s hugely important to make sure that you don’t rush into any kinds of decisions, as when you are in the heat of an argument you can easily do or say something that you will later regret. By slowing down, you can be sure that you are not going to do anything silly, and that will mean that you are much more likely to be able to keep a hold on the relationship much more effectively as well. Slowing down can be hard when you are angry and frustrated, but the simple act of taking some deep breaths is likely to be sufficient to make it easier. What’s more, it will ensure that you can effectively get your opinion across much more easily and with less chance of being misinterpreted.

Be Honest

You should make sure that you are being as honest as possible, even if that is hard to do. That is something which you might find is going to be more challenging the more of a difficult truth it is, but those are generally exactly the things that need saying the most. Being honest keeps the communication channels open, and ensures that you are going to be able to deal with whatever problems you are facing much more maturely and effectively together.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header photo via Pexels.

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