7 Ways To Be More Open With Your Partner, Even If Conflict Makes You Anxious
One of the keys to a happy and healthy relationship is honest communication with your partner. But being completely honest with your partner can be challenging, especially if conflict makes you anxious. After all, having an honest relationship means speaking up regardless of whether your partner agrees with you or not. But you don't have to let your fear of conflict get in the way of having an honest relationship. According to experts, there are some things you can do.
"The true mark of an open and honest relationship is the ability to communicate your feelings when the going gets tough, and to trust that your partner will be responsive to your thoughts," Kara Laricks, Three Day Rule's LGBTQ+ matchmaker and dating expert, tells Bustle. "It takes bravery and vulnerability on both parts."
The reality is, you and your partner are going to disagree on some things. If you're in a relationship, you can pretty much expect for there to be conflict. But fighting, if done productively, can be healthy.
As tempting as it is to keep your feelings to yourself in order to avoid conflict, it's more important to be open with your partner. So here's what you can do to have a more open and honest relationship when conflict makes you anxious, according to experts.