This lockdown has scrutinised a whole lot of things, driving people crazy, making people have weired thoughts about life, as those aren’t enough, the lockdown is breaking relationships ;be it marriage, dating, and whatever you can think of. This lockdown would have seem a perfect time to fix broken relationships, though some couples are actually thanking the lockdown for bringing the vibe back in the relationships. Others are teary cause out of frustration of being home all day 24/7, they have closely seen how thier relationship has fallen.
Over the course of this lockdown so far, I’ve spoken with friends, family and strangers about at-home date ideas for couples and also to singles who are dating during lockdown and virtual date ideas for those who are apart. But I’m yet to speak about the nitty-gritty of actually managing your relationship whilst in lockdown. A lot of us are spending a LOT of time with our partners right now, while some of us have to depend on phone calls, text messages and sometimes video call. Much more than normal. And it’d only be natural for you to need to put in a bit of extra work to make sure you don’t both drive each other up the walls, or allow certain disadvantages of not being with each other ruin your relationship.
Relationships take work. Pandemic or not. But when we’re thrown into an extra stressful situation, sometimes the cracks of our relationships start to parade. Perhaps a partner wasn’t as supportive as you originally thought they were. Or perhaps you realise that your priorities aren’t what you believed.
And it’s safe to say that right now, we are DEFINITELY in a stressful situation. Some more so than others but all of us will have a sense of doom looming over our heads every time we turn the news on or open up the news app on our cell phones.
If you’re not in a relationship but are actively dating – whether that’s heading out into your local town (when we can!) or dating someone you met on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name them– this could still be helpful information for you. Because if this year has taught us anything, it’s that ANYTHING can happen.
So today we’re going to look at various ways we can help make our relationships work and manage our relationship whilst in lockdown:
I think the most important thing in any relationship, at any time, is communication. We all need to be able to communicate effectively with each other in order to live as harmoniously as possible. And this definitely goes for being in lockdown with your partner too.
So communicate with each other. Is something bothering you? Are you stressed? Is something they’re doing not working for you? Tell them. We all have voices – let’s use them.
Spend time together
Although we are physically going to be spending a LOT of time together or not , there’s a difference between just being in the same room as each other and spending quality time together. For those who are away from each other, frequent phone calls, daily text message, and video calling at least twice a day, will make u feel like your with the person. Quality time is what you need to be focusing on in lockdown because that’s what will keep you closer.
Perhaps have an entire day away from your phones and play games together? Or cook a nice meal together and have a make-shift date night? There are loads of ways to spend quality time together at home!
Spend time apart
And equally as important, is spending time apart. As much as we love our partners, spending time alone is healthy and good for us. Try and make sure you both have your own individual hobbies which allows you to spend time apart – albeit only in different rooms. Work away from each other at least once a day.
Help each other where necessary
Like we all know and like we’ve just covered, it is a STRESSFUL time right now. Supporting each other is one of the most important things we can do. And I’m not just talking about supporting an elderly neighbor who might not be able to get out to the shops. Supporting those right in front of us is equally as important.
There may be times where our partner isn’t coping very well but because you see them all day, every day, you don’t notice. So ensure you both have a good understanding of how you can help each other. At least just to make this nightmare a little more bearable.
How are you managing your relationship right now during lockdown? Have you found yourself spending more time with your partner than usual? Has anything changed in your relationship? Let me know!
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