Updated: Jan 11
Stressful times can take a toll on our relationships, but conscious communication can help ease tensions and create an environment of understanding. The key to conscious communication is to be mindful of the words we use and how we interact with the people around us. In this blog post, we'll be discussing seven ways to consciously communicate during stressful times. We'll explore how to be mindful of our words, how to practice empathy and active listening, how to focus on understanding instead of winning, and how to recognize the importance of personal boundaries.
1) Listen with the intention to understand
Listening with the intention to understand is a key part of conscious communication. When listening to someone, it’s important to really hear what they’re saying, and not just wait for your turn to talk. This means taking the time to understand the other person’s feelings and perspectives and showing that you care about what they’re saying.
Try to avoid jumping to conclusions or offering solutions when someone is sharing their thoughts and feelings with you. Instead, listen actively and ask questions to help clarify things if you need more information. By paying attention and engaging in active listening, you can help create an environment of trust and understanding between both parties.
You should also be mindful of your own body language and facial expressions. It’s easy to let frustration and judgment creep into our nonverbal communication, but if we stay aware of our own body language, we can stay open to the other person’s words and intentions.
It can be difficult to stay present and mindful of our communication during stressful times, but taking the time to truly listen with the intention to understand can help strengthen relationships and create an atmosphere of compassion.
2) Avoid making assumptions
Making assumptions can be one of the biggest obstacles to effective communication. When you make an assumption, you are creating an expectation that may or may not be true. Even if you think you know what someone is going to say, it’s important to remember that you don’t really know until they have had a chance to speak.