With the current COVID-19 Pandemic, relationships are being tested like never before. We’ve entered into unprecedented times and unchartered territory. The amount of information being broadcasted from various sources can be overwhelming. Mixing this with limited movement and social interaction can create a strain on some of our relationships. So, how do we avoid emotional isolation and maintain healthy relationships during this time?
1. Establish healthy boundaries
Work to establish healthy boundaries for yourself and with your partner. For example, one of you may be anxious or exhausted from hearing every news update or projection. While the other feels empowered and secure by keeping up with the latest information. If you’re feeling overwhelmed do yourself a favor and limit your personal screen time. If you need to be in the know, practice watching the news in another room or use headphones. What’s beneficial and healthy for one person might not meet the needs of another. Determine what works for you while being mindful of what works for your partner.
Whether with friends, family members, or even co-workers it’s important to share how you’re feeling. Being heard and hearing others can make a world of difference in times of uncertainty. Group texts and video chats are a great way to fill the communication gap. Remember: being the sole form of human contact for each other can place strain on any partnership, so be sure to consider other healthy outlets for communication.
3. Do something fun
Now that most of our normal routines have been interrupted, we’ve been forced to step outside of our comfort zone. While a challenging adjustment for many, consider this as an opportunity to be creative. Unable to work out at the gym with friends? Start a Facebook Live or Zoom meetup. If you and your partner always go out to eat, Google a recipe for a special meal to cook together.
Each day presents new challenges, but it’s important to remember that things won’t always be this way. Be purposeful in using this time to strengthen and maintain your relationship. Stay home, stay strong, and work together.