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How Does the Pandemic Affect the Lives of Couples?
As the social distancing and forced lockdown measures are obliging us to spend the majority, if not all of our time inside the house, couples are starting to see the effects of these implications in their love life. Whether this pandemic has found you and your significant other under the same roof or, on the contrary, far apart from one another, it is very likely that the future of your relationship will be affected by how you act in the following weeks and months that are left. In this article, you will have a look at possible ways in which this coronavirus pandemic will affect the lives of couples.
You have probably heard this before, but communication is the key to a happy and healthy relationship. If before you could have used the excuse of being tired from work or school, the coronavirus, and the confinement that comes with, it leaves plenty of time that couples can use for communication. It is the perfect period to have those serious talks you have been postponing. If the conversation can turn into an argument, then make sure not to have it in front of your children.
Although spending more time together can do wonders for a couple, so can setting some time aside for yourself. One should be able to respect the other partner's alone time with everything from work to relaxation included.
Speak Your Mind
In most cases, your partner, no matter how great of a person he or she is, is not a mind reader. Expecting them to understand what you want without telling them and then getting upset for not understanding is not going to do any good to your relationship. On the contrary, learn to speak up your mind about what you like, what you don't like, what you need and so on.
Listen To Each other
You would be surprised at how easy things could be solved only if partners would listen to each other. Everybody is dealing differently with the stress caused by this virus, the confinement situation, the possibility of getting sick, the possibility of losing their job, and so on. Make sure to be there for your partner and to listen to his or her concerns. It can be easy to help ease the anger and anxiety they are feeling.
To avoid feeling like you are stuck in a movie where the same day is repeating itself endlessly, make sure to establish some routines. You don't need to plan a day packed with activities, but having one or two small things you can look forward to throughout the day can help change the mood. Make sure to also divide and to assign your tasks for that day.
When everything else fails, ask a specialist. With the burdens brought by the new coronavirus and its effects, it is the perfect time to seek out guidance on how to deal with any problems that might arise in your life as a couple.
Finally, whether you end up renewing your vows or filing for divorce after this quarantine depends on how you choose to act in these moments.