Healthy Communication

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Sometimes we are too busy texting, sometimes we are oblivious and sometimes we just do not feel like dealing with other people. Whatever the case is… communicating with people is not always the easiest thing to do.

There have been plenty of times that I just am not in the mood to listen to someone or simply DO NOT pay attention. Most of the time that’s when I am dealing with my parents or someone trying to tell me what to do! The thing is… that’s just not acceptable in the real world.

The problem is that whether we are in a school environment or a work environment there will be times we have to communicate with people.

From my point of view.. at times professionalism can be lost. If something is important we may take the time to spell check our emails… but what about the other 95% of our time? When is it socially acceptable to communicate with a “hey what’s up” versus a “good afternoon, how are you doing” kind of message?

So whether you are dealing with people in the work-force or using this in your daily interaction take a few minutes to think about how you communicate.

Below are a few healthy ways to communicate, both face-to-face and through different mediums:

–          Try communicating face-to-face when possible. Nowadays we are in constant communication but it is often through our phones when texting! Reach out and talk to your friends, co-workers, etc in person! It makes a huge difference to show initiative when making time for someone.

–          When communicating be honest, be open and most of all be yourself!

–          Watch your non-verbal’s when communicating! This truly only is relevant when in person but the way you position yourself, the faces you make, your posture and hand movements can all have an effect on communicating.

–          If you struggle to understand others when you’re communicating seek for additional help!

–          Especially in relationships, communicating is key, whether its romantic, a friendship or work related, you need to communicate clearly. Take the time to think about what your saying, make an effort to help people understand your ideas and do not get overwhelmed if you do not understand each other.

–          Share positive feelings when possible, not only negative feelings!

–          Listening is also important when it comes to communication! Keep eye contact, face your partner and be genuine!

By: Alison Nowak

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