How to avoid pandemic break up? Here are 4 things that you should know
Posted: 2021-Sep-03 16.24.10 UTC+0800
The pandemic continues to dramatically affect our lives, including our relationships with other people in our communities, our families, our homes, and our workplaces. As domestic pressures mount inside homes, we could see an uptick in more breakups and separations.
COVID-19 has coined a lot of new terms new normal, Zoom fatigue, social distancing — and one of them is the pandemic break up. Changing the way we live and creating unprecedented challenges in our day-to-day lives, it's natural that our relationships may have come under the spotlight. With many working remotely at home, couples are forced to be in confined spaces together for long periods of time. Many are also already dealing with anxiety about the pandemic and the uncertainty this time brings. In addition, one or both partners may be struggling with a job loss and financial worries become a very big stressor.
Many couples have been pushed to the brink and decided to separate. However, there are the couples who have found a way not only to survive but get closer despite all the stresses of this year's many challenges.
Here are tips on how to make your own relationship thrive.
1. Carve out individual space if you're both working remotely
Make sure you each have enough privacy to concentrate and conduct your business. Respect each other's time and space. You may find it best to keep interruptions to a minimum during the day.
2. Try to stay on the same team when life gets hectic and stressful
Couples learn to monitor each other's stress levels and try to soothe and support each other in bumpy times. Realizing when the other one is going through a hard time and cutting them some slack is fundamental to show that you are there for them, through good times and bad. It's completely understandable given the current situation if you are both feeling anxious and tetchy. Be kind to each other — and yourself — and remember, this time will pass.
3. Keep the workday limited
"For couples who are working at home, it helps to set boundaries between work hours and time spent together. The anxiety caused by the pandemic may tempt some people to lose themselves in work, particularly on people who invest a lot of their personal identity in their professions.
4. Broaden your support system
Your partner is just one person, no matter how amazing they are, experts advise against leaning on any single individual for all your emotional needs just because you're under the same roof. It's important for both people in the relationship to stay connected with family and friends who can be available for them, especially as time wears on with continuing physical distancing measures. Talk with other people on the phone and use technology to keep your support network intact.
Conflicts between partners do happen, and during this time, it's probably unavoidable. It is recommended that we take this opportunity to learn to be better communicators.
In order to come through this, we all need to talk, listen and care for each other and ourselves, building on what brings us together and what we want to see in the future. (FCSC)