Have you had an argument with your spouse or kids this week?
Has someone in your family frustrated you?
If you haven’t already noticed, relationships are messy. I know mine are anyway.
And because we are all different, conflict is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be boring if we agreed about everything?
Let me let you in on a little secret……….we don’t have to lose our tempers. It’s going to be okay, even if we don’t win the argument!
Take a deep breath and use the following 6 action steps to de-escalate a disagreement:
- Recognize the need for a time-out.
- Request a time-out.
- Relax and allow yourself to calm down.
- Remember what’s most important. (Your love for the other person).
- Remember…your loved one is not the enemy.
- When everyone is calm, continue the discussion.
What steps do you take to de-escalate an argument?
Share in the comments below…
Note: If you are in an abusive relationship, it is extremely important to get to a place of safety.
Get help immediately, especially if there are children involved!
Call the domestic violence hotline @ 1-800-799-7233 if you and your children are in danger of physical, sexual, emotional, financial and/or psychological abuse.
Life Innovations (2008) Seeking and granting forgiveness. Retrieved from www.prepare-enrich.com
Marks, R.D. (2008) Seeking and granting forgiveness. Marriage for Life, Inc. Retrieved from www.prepare-enrich.com
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