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    How to manage conflict

    Maintaining good boundaries during a fight can help preserve relationships and prevent further escalation. Here are some tips:    

    1. Stay Calm: In the midst of an argument, try to remain composed and avoid reacting emotionally. Taking deep breaths and calming yourself can prevent things from spiraling out of control.    

    2. Set Clear Limits: Politely but firmly communicate your boundaries. Let the other person know what behavior is acceptable and what is not during the disagreement.

    3. Use “I” Statements: Express your feelings and needs using “I” statements. For example, say, “I feel hurt when you raise your voice,” instead of making accusatory statements.

    4. Listen Actively: Make an effort to listen to the other person’s perspective and feelings. This can help defuse tension and show that you respect their point of view.

    5. Take a Break if Necessary: If the argument becomes too heated, it’s okay to take a step back and cool off. Let the other person know that you need some time to collect your thoughts and emotions.

    6. Avoid Personal Attacks: Refrain from making personal insults or hurtful comments. Stick to the issue at hand and avoid bringing up unrelated grievances.

    7. Seek Common Ground: Look for areas of agreement or compromise, even in the midst of a disagreement. Finding common ground can help resolve the conflict.

    8. Use Humor if Appropriate: Sometimes, injecting humor into a tense situation can lighten the mood and ease tension. Just be sure it’s done in a way that doesn’t further offend anyone. Here’s a great article on using humor in a conflict for more information.

    9. Respect Differences: Acknowledge that people have different opinions and perspectives. Respect their right to those opinions, even if you disagree.

    10. Set Boundaries for Future Interactions: After the argument is resolved, discuss how you can better navigate conflicts in the future. Establish boundaries and communication guidelines to prevent similar issues from arising.

    11. Consider Professional Help: If the disagreements within your extended family are persistent and causing significant distress, it may be beneficial to seek the guidance of a therapist, like me 😉

    Remember that boundaries are about protecting your emotional well-being and maintaining healthy relationships. By setting and maintaining boundaries with respect and empathy, you can navigate conflicts more effectively.

    If you are looking for individual or marriage therapy in Loveland, CO or surrounding areas, contact me! I can also offer online therapy for the state of Colorado and Wyoming. Let’s get started on creating a more connected and healthy relationships!