Managing Unhelpful Conflict Effectively
According to our research, 51% of people in NI don’t know how to manage conflict in their relationships and only 47% said they would seek relationship support if their relationship is under pressure.
Some of the barriers to a healthy relationship can include:
- an inability to understand each other
- a lack of understanding and appreciation of love itself,
- prioritising personal needs or motives that are of your own self- interest
Overcoming Relationship Barriers
Acceptance is key. No relationship is perfect but realising that you could benefit from some support is the first step. Early intervention is crucial to reduce impact and increase the likelihood your relationship will improve. Even if you think that your relationship is in a good place, emotional accountability such as reading our communication tips, can create alignment to know if you’re on the right track or not. Early intervention when things are great can save a lot of future headaches because you’ll be able to manage conflict better.
Why are relationships important for our well-being?
Relationships are the golden threads that bind our communities together and are a fundamental cornerstone of health and well-being. has found that strong, high quality relationships that are caring and supportive can reduce stress and some cases of depression. In our own study, 78% of people in NI agreed that poor relationships can have a negative impact on our mental well-being.
68% of people in NI have felt a sense of despair or hopelessness in the past week and a further 80% of people in NI felt that sometimes they are unable to cope when things go wrong.
We understand that there is still a stigma in talking about relationships and that some people believe that ‘what goes on behind closed doors’ should remain so. We believe it is time for a cultural change in Northern Ireland and we intend to be at the heart of this change.
Our new Golden Threads project sets out to support healthy relationships and improve mental fitness through providing a range of online self-help resources and educational initiatives in community settings in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council Area.
If you’re seeking any more information on our golden threads project, including how to avail of our free education workshops for your group, don’t hesitate to contact us on;
Telephone: 028 9032 3454
Keep an eye out on our social media pages too for any updated and additional resources on Golden Threads!