When you're arguing with your partner about something, it can sometimes feel impossible to reach common ground. But compromising in a relationship can be much easier if you use a few key tips, according to relationship experts. Making sure to stay calm and to listen carefully can go a long way in reaching a solution that works for both you and your partner.
Although compromise is a crucial component of a lasting relationship, you don't have to be willing to abandon every one of your stances. "It is important to know when you can work towards finding a middle ground and when to stand firm in your views," Dr. Rachel Needle, a licensed psychologist and co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, tells Bustle. Some boundaries should never be compromised. "Someone should not compromise themselves and their boundaries with a partner," she says. "If there is something you are not comfortable with, physically for example, you should not compromise." Yourself, your values, and your safety should also all be off limits when it comes to compromise. Taking care of yourself should always come before making a partner happy if the two are in conflict with each other.
Here are some tips for compromising in a relationship, according to experts.