Some areas in Australia are being told to stay at home and self-isolate in a bid to protect ourselves from coronavirus, but sometimes when we spend more time behind closed doors with our loved ones it can cause a lot of pressure on your relationship.
In fact, lawyers predict that divorce rates will raise during this stressful time!
Is lockdown putting a strain on your relationship? Here are some top tips on how to ensure your marriage survives during this difficult period…
How to keep your relationship on track during self-isolation
1. Don’t take it out on your partner
Right now is a nerve-wracking time for a lot of people. We’re dealing with unprecedented events causing a lot of anxiety or maybe even financial stress.
Self-isolation leads to a lot of people feeling bored, agitated, anxious and stressed. It’s sometimes easy when you’re feeling down to be short with your partner or want to blame them for silly things like using too much toilet roll or eating the last tin in the pantry.
Remember, it’s not their fault that this is happening and they, like you, are also doing their best to get through it.
2. Keep communicating
Communication is key. The more you talk to your loved one about how you are feeling about the situation then easier it will be for them to understand where you’re coming from. Don’t let things build and then blow up.
Keep talking about how you’re feeling all of the time and also make sure you lean on each other whenever you need to.
3. Accept that it will be a challenging time
We don’t know how long it will last or what will happen in the next day or two, let alone the next few months, so unfortunately we all have to understand this will be a challenging time. The best thing we can do is accept the situation, give ourselves time to get our heads around it and make do with it.
4. Try and bite your tongue
Don’t nit pick! You may not be used to your husband being at home in the day and he may not be as clean or tidy as you’d like, but try not to constantly nag him. And the same goes for him with you.
Some things you can let slide, but if it’s really bothering you and becoming a bone of contention then talk to him about it and make a plan on how you will try to respect each other’s space and tidy up after yourselves.
5. Make time for yourselves as a couple
Date night doesn’t have to be over just because you’re in self-isolation. Make time each week to watch a movie together or have a nice home cooked meal together. It’s important you still make time for each other as a couple.
6. Establish a routine
The quicker everyone in the household realises this is the ‘new normal’, the easier it will be. Make a routine and stick to it. It’s no good wallowing or hoping it will be over by tomorrow, because chances are it won’t be.
Try and make a routine of when everyone showers, eats, exercises and sleeps and give yourselves space to work away from each other, if you are doing so.
7. Set expectations
If you’re both working and your kids are at home, you may have to take it in turns to make them lunch or dinner.
Make it clear who is to do what on which day and have a plan of how it will work.
8. Be patient
These are trying, stressful, unknown times. Tensions are high anyway, regardless of you both being at home. Try you’re hardest to be understanding and patient with each other. Things will hopefully soon return to normal again.
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