Someone hurts you, annoys you, mistreats you, misinterprets your intentions or leaves you baffled.
You wonder, “Should I say something?”
If you choose to speak up, then what? What should you say? What’s the best way to say it?
All of this uncertainty can lead to a major build-up of stress as we become weighed down, not sure how to proceed.
Sometimes letting the issue go is the best option (and that’s fodder for another blog).
But, when we choose to have a conversation, what does it take to talk with someone without all the stress we may be feeling today?
Here are my best five ways to de-stress conversations.
#1 Stop Avoiding Conversations: I use the “shower rule.” If an issue repeatedly pops up when I’m in the shower (or during another mind-freeing moment) that’s my sign to have a conversation. Then I follow the “one week” rule and promise myself to find the right moment within the next week. Dragging this out longer only leads to more stress.