Depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse can chip away at our relationships with loved ones — relationships that need to be strong when you’re feeling your weakest.
Take steps to build better relationships.
- Make a list of people you would like to see regularly.
- Remove distractions, like cell phones, when you visit.
- Be a better listener.
- Support them in their own efforts.
You may have a relationship that’s already in trouble. Now is the time to take the steps to fix it. The first step is to accept that you are part of the problem. It’s easy to blame others for disagreements and other problems that strain a relationship. Recognize your own personal responsibilities for the difficulty in your relationship, then move on to the next steps:
- Stay constructive and propose solutions.
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
- Focus on what you value about the other person.
Disagreeing is a natural part of any relationship. When you argue, just remember to fight fair. Avoid finger-pointing and overgeneralizing statements like, “You never pay any attention to me!” Be forgiving, and think about the stress that may be causing the other person’s behavior.
If you’re still having trouble expressing your needs or having them met, seek counseling or couple’s therapy.
STEPS TOWARD Better Relationships
- Remember the importance of friends and family.
- Strengthen bonds through communication, listening, and understanding.
- Admit your personal responsibility for difficulties in a relationship.
- Put yourself in the other person’s place.
- Remember that communication is a two-way interaction.
- Offer and ask for forgiveness.
If you need a guide to help you down the pathway, or if you feel that you need immediate assistance, call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558.