The anxiety brought about by coronavirus is real, and it can cause serious damage. It is affecting most relationships in some ways. People start worrying that their relationships were not going to make it.
It makes sense if you are struggling in your relationship now. People are stuck in their homes. We rely on a partner for social support because we can’t see our friends or relatives. We also start to balance new responsibilities, like working from home, child care, and housekeeping.
At the same time, some people feel guilty when they acknowledge their relationship because it seems as if there are much bigger issues to worry about.
How to Support your Relationship During This Pandemic
Here are some of the ways of surviving lockdown in a relationship.
#1: Take care of yourself
Nurturing your relationship should start with yourself. It’s too much to expect your partner to be your sole source of stress relief. Here are some ways on how you can take care of yourself more.
- Allow yourself to feel your feelings – What you resist, persist. When you permit yourself to feel the full range of your emotions and validate that your feelings matter, emotions dissipate much faster.
- Journal – You can spend five to ten minutes daily writing freeform.
- Meditate – Meditation is good for your mental health.
- Exercise – The endorphin rush from exercise can be invaluable for managing stress, improving your mood, and even boost your immunity. If you can go outside safely while you exercise, that’s better.
#2: Make a plan
Sit down with your partner and discuss everything that’s on your mind. Make a plan of how you’re going to handle it as a team. You can create a shared calendar with all of your tasks and responsibilities. Carve out specific times for when you’re going to do them.
#3: Check-in with each other every day
Planning for the next day is good, but it is also important to remember that your partner is not a robot. They might probably be experiencing the same range of emotions that you have. It can be useful to stop and ask each other questions, such as:
- How was your day today?
- What sort of feelings is coming up for you at the moment?
- Are there any ways on how I can support you?
#4: Be intentional about time spent together
This might the longest time you’re spending together. As much as you love your partner, being together can also lead to tension and frustration. You can set some healthy boundaries.
- If you are both working from home, you can carve out separate workspaces. If you can close a door between the two of you, that’s better.
- Try to give each other some space.
- It’s normal to have some “me time.”
- Be creative with your date nights. You can try reading a book to each other or cooking an elaborate meal together.
#5: Practice gratitude and appreciation
The coming weeks and months are going to be a challenge for everyone. Do your best, and thank each other for being willing to make an effort. Appreciate your partner for everything that they do for you.
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