The coronavirus outbreak has created unprecedented levels of distress on a global scale. This kind of worldwide upset can affect us all on an individual level too, especially in terms of relationships. As a matter of fact, there are records of divorce rates rising in Italy and China since the coronavirus outbreak. We have a few tips on how to keep your relationship happy and strong during these challenging times.
Take Some ‘Me Time’
Spending a lot of time at home with your partner can intensify pressure. Without your usual routine of going out or meeting with friends, your living space can start to feel tiny and annoyance may grow quickly.
Research shows that taking some ‘me time’ can help you relax and lower stress. Think about spending some time alone every day, be it a short walk around the block, shutting the door to an area where you won’t be interrupted or doing a hobby that is exclusively for you.
Talking openly about your intentions to take some alone time can help your loved one learn how to support you in this, and could also inspire him/her to do the same.
Communicate And Be Open With Each Other
As frightening as the coronavirus outbreak situation is, you should express your fears and anxieties. Your partner can give you comfort about the issues that are worrying you, and you can do the same for them. You could start by asking one another questions like: How are you feeling today? Is there anything I can do?
There’s this thing they do at couples therapy, known as ‘uninterrupted listening’, and it really helps strengthen communication between people. This means that you take about five minutes and talk openly about absolutely anything that burdens you. It can be health, work, family, your future, and so on. The listener is allowed to react with nonverbal signs; however they mustn’t speak before the timer stops. Then let your partner do the same and you be the listener.
Point Out Each Other’s Strengths
Make an effort to recognize one another’s strong points. Think about the particular skills that your partner has to make it through tough times. Whatever it is, let your loved one know much you appreciate them and applaud their capability to manage challenging situations.
Continue Your Usual Romance As Much As Possible
If you are used to a standard date night, or some other activity for just the two of you, take the time to include that into your life in quarantine, too.
Take a look at these ideas you can try:
Make dinner or some sweet treat together, light candles and enjoy it.
Do a puzzle together or play some board game.
Take a nice romantic bubble bath together.
Have a garden picnic if you live in a house.
Master a new choreography and dance together.