We are in unchartered territory right now and it’s important to remember that we are still in this together. We may not be together physically, but many of us are in the same boat when it comes to our professional and financial worries. If you are lucky enough to have a partner (or someone you are deeply connected to), this is the time to be kind to one another and let your relationship flourish.
As a result of being in quarantine and social distancing, many of us are spending more time with our partners. If you’ve been having relationship issues, this might be a little tricky. On the other hand, if you have a relatively solid relationship, you will have each other to help adjust to the current norm.
Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your current situation:
This is not the time to stay completely idle. It’s a great idea to have a dance party, do some yard work, yoga or take a walk. Keeping active helps lower stress and it’s a great way to bond.
Movies are a great way to get lost in another world, another story. Cuddling up on the couch is a fun way to pass the time. Make it extra special by popping some popcorn and dimming the lights movie theatre style!
And I don’t mean about Coronavirus! Talk about life and your dreams for the future. Share your feelings and your stress with what is going on and find out what the other person needs to feel more balanced and hopeful.
Being together all the time also requires finding time to be apart. Things can get tense if there are no breaks or time to be alone. Take a bubble bath, a warm shower or read alone for a few minutes. If you have kids, this is a great opportunity for one partner to create the space you need to allow you some self-care (this goes both ways).
Share the Chores
There are no real clear cut divisions now that you are both at home. This makes it more possible to share responsibilities around the house (and with children if you have them). Be sure to help each other with tasks that you might not often do. It’s also important to try and maintain a somewhat organized space because being stuck indoors most of the time can be stressful. This could mean something different for everyone but try your best to tidy as you go!
Right now, it’s important to have some form of routine…even if it simply means that you get dressed and brush your teeth every morning. Help each other plan out a routine that works for your family.
The Time to Forgive
It’s easy to get frustrated under the stress and anxiety we are facing as a community. Try to take deep breaths when you feel like this. Arguing with each other is only going to make the situation worse. Try to be kind. Forgive when you would normally fight. Agree to disagree if necessary. Just try to be open and honest without being hard on each other. You are in this together!
This moment in time is an opportunity to improve communication, work together as a team and to be more empathetic towards one another. It is a difficult time for all of our society but it will pass and your relationship can be stronger for it. Be thankful you have one another.