A lot of drama comes from poor communication and confusion. Eliminate it by finding the courage to say exactly what you mean. It may be harder in the moment, but it can save a lot of heartache in the long run.
When someone is sharing a problem, give encouragement. Offer to help if possible. Show the kindness and compassion you would hope to receive from someone else when in a similar situation.
When someone opens up with his problems, see it from his point of view. Suspend your own judgment of what’s right or wrong. Listen to his emotions. Reflect back his vulnerability by sharing yours.
Once you’ve met your target amount for saving for an emergency fund, you might want to continue with the regular savings amount to fund other savings goals – as you will be used to this level of outgoings by now.
Get your emergency fund set up as soon as possible. Like with all savings it’s best to keep to what you can afford and make sure to save regularly. Work out how much you need to put aside, and set up a savings standing order for the right amount.
When decluttering, you can get rid of your items by donating them to charity, selling them as second-hand online, or simply by binning them if they’re not worth anything. This will reduce the distractions the items can bring, and reduces the mental clutter.
Some possessions carry emotional meaning or memories. If they’re not good memories, or you’re not so attached to them that you’d want to box them up to take if you’re moving house, consider getting rid of them when decluttering.
“Drama comes about because of either misunderstanding or overreaction. Be as honest and open in all cases as possible. Quell your own negative emotions, which will in turn diffuse the negative emotions of others.” – Vito Ruiz