How To Manage Relationship Problems During Lockdown

Lockdown due to the pandemic has come with a lot of challenges. For many people, quarantining with a partner is proving to be more work than they expected. Whether the inability to have much time to yourself is making you both irritable or argumentative, or a larger relationship issue has been uncovered, quarantining can be tough on a relationship. Here are some top tips to help you cope. 

Be Patient
Try to be patient with each other and have some more understanding. No matter how much you love someone, if you have to spend 24 hours a day with them, especially in a small home with not many options for alone time, you can start to notice each other’s annoying habits and get increasingly irritated with each other. Try to be patient with each other’s little quirks, and understand that people will cope with the current situation in different ways. Your partner may be worried about their job, their health, or their loved ones, so that may cause them to have a shorter fuse than usual. 

The best way to manage any difficulty to try to communicate effectively. If you find something your partner is doing enormously irritating, whether they’re being loud while you’re trying to work, or aren’t pulling their weight with keeping your home tidy, then talk to them. Try to stay calm and non-accusatory and just express how you feel. If your partner has concerns or annoyances to share with you, try not to take it personally, and instead consider what they’re saying and try to compromise. If you’re really struggling, you could seek out online couples therapy and get help from a third party. 

Take Time Alone
This might be hard to do in smaller apartments, but if you can manage it, try to get some time to yourself occasionally. If you’re together all day, every day, you will soon start to find each other annoying. If you can grab some alone time, you will still enjoy the time you do spend together. Perhaps you could relax in a long bath in the evening, or get up early and go for a run on your own. Doing something positive for yourself can also help you to feel better, making you much nicer to live with. 

Date At Home
If you find yourself missing date night, why not try to recreate date night at home? This can be a great way to spend time together at home, and continue to maintain your relationship even under difficult circumstances.
You can make an at-home cinema by making some popcorn, dimming the lights, and showing a favorite movie. Or learn to make some cocktails, if you’d usually like to go out for drinks. Find some recipes for a favorite cuisine and lay the table with your best china to recreate your favorite restaurant at home.  Just get creative and have a little, simple fun with your partner.

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