HOW YOUR RELATIONSHIP CAN SURVIVE THIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Coronavirus-related anxiety is real and causing serious damage to relationships.
You may be spending more time with your partner than ever before. Some were using business or jobs to stay off their spouses. Some that were staying together but separated emotionally , those who were been busy with sides chick or committing emotional or physical adultery are the ones mostly affected now. This is normal, particularly given the increased stress we’re all feeling right now. But since we could be in this predicament for a while yet, it’s worth taking steps to ensure we get through this period with our relationships intact. We might even be able to come out stronger by Gods grace and if we are willing to make it work.
If you’re both working from home, and with nowhere to go out to in the evenings, there’s a chance you might start to get on each other’s nerves. Perhaps it’s happening already so, here are some tips to ease the strain.
- Let our relationships be hugely important for getting us through this unprecedented time . Self-isolation, social distancing and concerns about issues like finances may also place us under added pressure.” Less income more spending. Some may loose their jobs or receive half salaries. So how can you ensure tensions do not arise and if they do, are quickly dispelled?
- With so much going on and tensions running high, it can be hard to keep an open dialogue – especially if you’re feeling scared or upset. But it is key to keeping your relationship solid throughout. “This heightened anxiety may create strong negative emotional reactions; anger or frustration. When experiencing these emotions try and stay mindful of your responses.
- You may want to know as much as possible about the situation whereas your partner may prefer to take each day as it comes. Remember that there are many different ways of coping in stressful situations and your way isn’t the only way.”
- Although, it is normal to expect some tension during this ongoing situation, you shouldn’t use it as a chance to vent all of your ongoing relationship issues , some things will need to be parked. “Big and difficult conversations may need to be put on hold while you deal with the current situation – this is especially true if one of you is ill or thinks they may have symptoms.
- You may have elderly parents or other family members with health problems and you may have particular worries about these people. Try to understand if your partner needs to prioritise these people at the moment. Choose your battles and weigh up if they are worth it at this time.
- Try and carve out time to be spent together and time to be spent apart. Be more intimate with each other now.
- Should you have more sex? For some couples, a lack of time together hurts their sex life. Well, you have more time now. If your sex life isn’t all it could be, is it time to improve your communication, try something new, go slower (or faster), be more generous .
- We have to figure out new ways of working, living, parenting and just getting along with each other. The good news is that couples now have plenty of opportunities and together time to hash out those issues that they may have been avoiding.
- Stop criticism but learn to appreciate one another
- Take your argument elsewhere. You can take a walk together to discuss issues not necessary at home.
Finally, Forgiveness is key. Support each other to help our relationships survive and even thrive during this pandemic.