The world has changed how it interacts because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is recommended that individuals stay home and practice social distancing. These changes are affecting persons in all aspects of their lives, including their relationships. Taking the time and effort to ensure that loved ones are not neglected may not be easy but can be worth it.
There are several steps on how to work on your relationship during a pandemic. This keeps your relationship active and engaging for years to come. Whether you are staying together in the same apartment or miles apart, the relationship can flourish into something even more wonderful.
Communication can be neglected when sharing space. This is based on proximity and the assumption that the other person is okay. Do not take for granted, “the good morning” and “how is your day going” texts that are normally sent. Remember to check on your partner when at home or elsewhere.
You can use reminders on your computer or phone to keep their welfare a top priority. Video calls, phone calls, or text messages can be used to stay connected. When changes are noticed in communication, this can be a major indicator if something is wrong.
Your partner’s mental health can be impacted severely during a global pandemic and can be incredibly stressful. A professional counselor may need to be consulted to ensure that the required assistance is being offered. Do not let your partner be in distress and you are unaware. Take the time to listen for indicators and act to have them resolved as soon as possible.
Establish Designated Spaces in the Home
With the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is a cost-effective way for companies to ensure their staff stays safe and the business stays open. Therefore, the dining table may now become the office desk if an office space is not available.
This needs to be discussed to determine if this is a viable option and what can be adjusted to accommodate the change in the home. Never assume that because it is for work your partner is going to be okay with it. An agreement by both parties on where is best to work from and where is off-limits is vital.
In most homes, the bedroom is a suggested neutral area that can remain work free. This provides both parties with a safe space to unwind and a place to keep the romance alive. This space can be used to have undisturbed private communication when you are not in the same household.
Surprises, Treats and All You Can Eats
Nothing sparks romance than an unexpected treat, token of appreciation or compliment from your lover. In these stressful times, these acts of love can be overlooked but are crucial to keeping the support and love active. What are her favorite treats? What does he enjoy the most? These are the questions that allow you to engage your partner and lift their spirit.
You can send them meals from their favorite restaurant and have it delivered to their home for lunch. This ensures that your partner is eating, and you learn more about what foods they enjoy. You can cook at home, dress up as if going out to dinner, and recreate your favorite date with each other.
You can have game nights, such as Pictionary and charades over video chat. Spa days can be held at home to pamper each other. It is vital to ensure you always make time for date night, no matter what the activity may be. It is not the cost of the activity or surprise but the thought that is most valuable.
You cannot allow a global pandemic to hinder your relationship with your partner. You must work together to strengthen your bonds with each other. You may not be able to this by yourself; therefore, you can reach out to an online counselor that is incredibly happy to provide unbiased guidance. Do not be afraid to ask for help! You are not alone during this and what you are going through is not your fault.