Tips for Maintaining Relationships During Covid-19
Coronavirus caught everyone off-guard, especially those who must stay in isolation and practice daily social distancing. Aside from the difficulty of spending time home alone, many people who are in a relationship struggle when they spend hours on end with their romantic partner. While isolation can be harmful to relationships, it can also help you grow, if you know how to handle the situation. The following advice will help you maintain your relationship during isolation and come out the other a bit bruised, but stronger.
Keep the communication alive
Covid-19 has caused anxiety to a lot of people, which is understandable. Combined with confusion, frustration, and isolation, your home may become a pressure cooker, unless you let some of the pressure out from time to time. If you and your partner are spending a lot of time at home, make sure to have conversations where you voice your feelings and let your partner do the same. If there are times where your anxiety is heightened, do not run away; speak to your partner, and vent out your emotions. It will do wonders.
Set clear boundaries
If you and/or your partner are working from home or practicing social isolation, you need to set clear boundaries and areas where you will be at certain hours of the day. Set a time and room for your work, let your partner know when you will be taking breaks, and when you will be finished. Try to stick to the schedule as much as possible and respect your partner's boundaries and schedule.
Be prepared for hardship
When entering or continuing with social distancing and isolation, you need to take one day at a time and keep in mind that this is a testing time; it will not be easy, but if you love your partner, it is well worth the effort. It is likely that you and your partner will argue more than before, and should be better at choosing your battles. Remember that many of the fights that you will have result from anger caused by the situation, and not something that your partner did, so keep calm and fight dirty if you choose to have arguments with your partner.
Spend time apart
Yes, this is a bit tricky when you live with your romantic partner, but not impossible. When isolating and social distancing, you do not have to spend every waking moment in the same room as your partner. Instead, spend time apart in different rooms and take some 'me time': read books, take a relaxing bath, watch shows that you like, and give your partner and yourself some very necessary space.
Go "out" on dates
Being in the same home every day does not mean that your relationship will maintain itself; for you and your partner to have fun and not merely get by during social isolation, you need to have at-home date nights where you can enjoy one another. Try doing more than just snacks and sitting down in front of the T.V. Mix it up by cooking meals together, playing board games, playing online with other friends, taking virtual tours at museums, and any other fun home activity that you and your partner enjoy.
Almost the entire world is at a stand-still as the Coronavirus is affecting the lives of millions and forcing us to rearrange the way we handle ourselves. Social distancing can be especially challenging when you need to stay home with your romantic partner, which means that you must consider another person and their schedule. With a few mental and routine adjustments, you and your partner will make it through this time more easily, and it is up to you how this strange time with your partner will end.