One of the easiest ways to complicate our lives is in the area of interpersonal relationships, and the closer the people are to us, the more complicated it can get! Misunderstandings arise in the blink of an eye: a poor choice of words, an unconscious gesture, an incorrect interpretation, sometimes a deliberate attack. All of these cause strain on our relationships and stress on all the parties involved.
Open, clear - and immediate - communication is the key to maintaining the joy in relationships.So don't assume, talk about it. You know what that makes of U and ME!
When you're not sure, ask what the person meant. And even more importantly, when you ARE sure, still ask what the person meant. How many times have you been angry with someone, talked about it, and found yourself saying 'I thought you meant.'?
Don't Wait to Talk About It because the longer you put off talking about stress in a relationship, the more stressful the relationship becomes. The more you think about the small slight or hurt, you more you remember - or invent - big ones. And then, when that molehill becomes an erupting mountain... hey! the other person won't have an idea where it's coming from! So as soon as you realize something is 'off', talk about it.
And finally when someone asks what's wrong, don't say 'Nothing'.This is something a lot of us women do. I don't know why we do it, but we do, and by the way I am a genius at this! Tell you what if you are lucky enough to have someone who asks what's wrong, then tell them! They obviously care enough to want to remove the stress, so work with them on this one!