12 tips to keep your relationship strong during coronavirus
As preventive measures against the coronavirus emerge, many people choose to isolate themselves to help slow and decrease the spread, and others because they may have been exposed to the virus. Regardless of the reason, people around the world face the task of managing relationships with partners, while staying close for weeks with little access to the outside world. Quarantined time tends to heighten emotions, which psychologists say can result in a birth boom or higher divorce rates. One city in China reported a record number of divorce requests since the quarantine period was imposed. But there are several things you must do to avoid extreme and irreversible decisions. So, how to keep your relationship strong during coronavirus?
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How to keep your relationship strong during coronavirus
1. Don’t make a tempest in a teapot
For example, if a member of the couple is eating all the chocolate from your limited quarantine reserve, remember that soon the quarantine will end and you can eat all the chocolate you want, and how embarrassing it will be to remember a discussion about something so trivial.
2. Spend some time alone
Yes, we know this is a tough one, but even if you are confined to four walls, allow some time for you and for your partner to do something on your own. Being “imprisoned” to the same space does not mean having to spend all the time together.
3. Find out how you both “consume” this crisis information
Perhaps one of you is constantly looking for information and is frustrated when the other person doesn’t want to know all the details. None is wrong.
4. Learn and respect each other’s way of dealing with the problem
If one prefers to discuss all the risks and logistics, and the other is just trying to maintain a sense of calm and a daily routine, this can give space to many discussions. Tell each other what you need and why.
5. Respect each other’s work
If you are working remotely during quarantine, respect each other’s working hours, find a schedule that works for both of you and don’t impose extra tasks just because the other person is at home.
6. Enjoy the benefits
Yes, there are several benefits. An example? Cooking at home and eating together is a great way to nurture the relationship and do something that both of you can enjoy.
7. Accept that both can be right
As this coronavirus and quarantine situation is new for everyone, if you have ideas about different strategies and styles to deal with the problem, both can be correct without knowing it. Remember: talk is free, as is sharing your different point of views.
8. Use online communication
Fortunately, we are never really separated from the world, so embrace the world of virtual connection and stay in touch with your friends and family. You can even organize a virtual dinner with them.
This is the biggest problem in most relationships, even out of quarantine, but now, the importance of communication it’s more necessary than ever. If something your partner is doing is bothering you, just open your mind, tell them and fix it. Don’t let the problem get worse and create unnecessary resentments.
10. Start a project together
If a couple have common goals, they are more likely to work better as a team. Another way to keep your relationship strong during coronavirus is, for example, trying to make a puzzle, to create or design something, or to make your a cake together.
11. Find new ways to forget your worries
While you may not have access to many of your normal methods of dealing with concerns, such as going for a walk, you can always discover new ways, together or independently, such as breathing exercises, yoga, drawing, listening to music, reading a book or just walking around in the living room.
12. Kids can be an additional stressor factor, so…
Make sure you take the same responsibility for them and keep them entertained, because the quarantine exacerbates any existing feeling about who is having more work at home. You’ve got this!
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