When you’re working on damage control or repair, communication is the most important tool for a positive resolution.
When interacting with your partner, use the same communication skills we discussed for conflict resolution. Learn to become a good communicator and an even better listener and your relationship will reap the benefits.
To communicate effectively with yourself, you may want to take some time to do some soul searching. To be a strong partner in a healthy relationship, you must be honest with yourself about your feelings, needs, dreams, hopes, and desires. If you are unable to clearly articulate what you need, your partner will never be able to deliver.
Take the time to explore yourself and become stronger and happier, and you will become a healthier force in your relationship.
Encourage your partner to do the same. Neither of you is a mind reader. Listen to what your partner needs, wants, and would like to become so you can reciprocate as much as possible.