The holidays are a time for family, friends and loved ones to enjoy each other’s company but for some reason, it’s also a time for people to get into conflicts. It may be the stresses of the holidays that have an affect on people’s minds that cause this urge for conflict. It may be some as little as where to spend New Years lunch or something more serious like a big family blow out. How do you resolve these holiday conflicts as a couple?
It’s important to have open communication in every single relationship you have – but it’s especially important when trying to resolve conflict. Have a clear understanding about where you’ll be spending New Years Day instead of having an argument the day before. It’s all about having an open line of communication, compromising and a little bit of negotiation.
Yes, we know, easier said than done right? But the holidays are meant to be a great time for everyone with minimal stress. The more you stress, the more anxiety is brought on which can easily lead to frustration and arguments. Once you address the stress, you’ll have a weight lifted off your shoulders and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself a lot more.
Practice the art of compromise – something you’ll have to do a lot when you’re in a relationship. Once you’re able to see the situation on both sides by openly communicating, you’ll then be able to negotiate and reach a solution through compromising. For example, you can celebrate New Years Eve at one house and have New Years Day lunch at another house. With every problem, there’s always a solution, however its up to the both of you to come to an understanding.
Holidays are for families and loved ones to come together in happiness and love. Don’t let the small things get in the way of the festive season! Enjoy your time and happy holidays!