Mindful Mondays: Dealing with conflict in relationships

How does mindfulness relate to attachment?

firstaidEven in healthy relationships, conflict is inevitable—it’s how you cope with conflict that matters. Coping badly increases stress, and research has shown that too much stress in romantic relationships can put people at risk for mental and physical health problems.

According to two new studies, cultivating non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness—or mindfulness—might help people feel less stress when conflict arises with their significant other.

However, mindfulness and stress do not affect all people in the same way. With these studies, researchers are beginning to refine how mindfulness tools can best help our relationships—and they’re finding it’s based on our style of relating to others and our habitual ways of responding to stressful events. read more

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