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Couples Tip #3 - Walk While You Talk

Did you know that walking actually helps to increase brain connectivity, strengthen neural pathways and facilitate efficient communication between different brain regions. What this means is that walking can actually support in processing information, increasing ability to creatively problem solve, and improve ability to work through trauma and conflict.

Walking can also help to reduce stress and physical activity as a whole has been show to reduce overall levels of depression and anxiety.

Communication challenges are one of the primary topics I work on with couples. There are so many distractions in our lives, tasks that constantly take our time, or responsibilities that demand things from up. This leads to us running around, and many times we try to resolve conflict in the midst of the crazy. This leads to people feeling misunderstood, unheard, and not prioritized. We have to get to a place where we can disconnect for work, tasks, or any other distractions so we can be present with each other.

I encourage you, when there is conflict in the relationship, try to stop what you're doing, put the phone down, and go for a walk together. Talk about how you are feeling (using I feel statements), and focus on being present in the moment with each other.

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