The nature of your relationships, whether with your partner, children or parents, can shift throughout your life and depending on your circumstances.
Big changes might leave you feeling uncertain about where you stand and how to communicate your feelings and needs.
It is important to remember that it is normal to have a variety of reactions and emotions to change, and you can feel more than one emotion at once. For instance, you can be excited for the birth of your first child, as well as feeling overwhelmed by your new responsibilities.
Through times of change, our intimate and family relationships rely on strong communication to successfully navigate change as a team.
Tips to Navigate Relationship Changes
- Listen and really hear
- Validate one another’s experience
- Show empathy
- Manage your emotions
- Seek help early to be best prepared to deal with change when it arises.