Six Ways to Improve Your Relationship by Putting an End to Nagging

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Are you looking for a way to be happier in your relationships? If your answer is yes, evaluate your relationship and see if frequent nagging is involved. It can quickly lead to unhappiness, both for the nagger and for the person being nagged. In the end, it doesn’t work anyway, so try these methods and leave nagging behind you:

  • Suggest tasks without words: Non-verbal requests can be highly effective. Try writing notes or emails instead. You could even give visual clues, such as leaving an empty medicine bottle on the counter when the prescription needs to be filled.
  • Let others finish their work: Give control to those around you by allowing them to complete projects in their own way. For example, if your spouse is cleaning, don’t tell them how it should be done or when they should be finished.
  • Assign tasks based on priority: Be sure that the most important jobs are the ones completed first. This can greatly reduce stress, helping ease anxiety and removing the sense of urgency that often comes with nagging.
  • Do it yourself: Instead of delegating tasks to other people, why not complete them yourself? If there’s something that needs to be done, completing the task on your own can reduce the strain on a relationship.

On the other hand, if you’re being nagged and would like relief, try these effective tips:

  • Acknowledge what someone said: When you’re asked to do something, let the nagger know you’ve heard what he or she said. Better yet, let them know when you’ll be able to complete the job.
  • Let them know you can’t complete their request: If you can’t or won’t do what was asked of you, let the other person know that you’re unable to fulfill the request. Often times, the nagging grows when a task is put off.

And for those who are not in a relationship yet, ckeck out or tips on how to hack the online dating pages! Good luck! 😀

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