Admittedly, in a relationship couples often struggle to find time for each other in their stressful everyday lives. But what happens when you suddenly find yourselves living on top of each other 24/7, with virtually no way of avoiding each other? Unfortunately, this is exactly the situation we find ourselves in at the moment, because social distancing and isolation are the only ways of fighting the coronavirus. Many couples are also working alongside each other at home, creating further potential for conflict. But with our tips, we are confident you will come through it even stronger than before. Have a look for yourself!
Coronavirus and a happy relationship – here’s how!
Not all partnerships are the same, of course. Couples in long-term relationships who live together will be used to having each other around all the time anyway. New couples won’t generally be living together yet and will have to give some thought to their circumstances: do I really want to have my new partner around all day long this early on, go into lockdown with them and then risk realising – earlier than I’d like to, perhaps – that it isn’t going to work out after all? Different situations will therefore need different approaches. That’s why we have included our tips for those of you in a long-term relationship as well as for all you new couples out there:
Long-term relationships in lockdown
If you are in a long-term relationship, then you will know your partner well already. You’ll know all about their quirks and should know how to deal with them, too. Yet if you have to spend the whole day together and perhaps even work in a confined space, then it’s a different story. This is something that can be managed too, though. Here are a few tips to help your long-term
– If you can, work in separate rooms. That way you won’t disturb each other while you’re working and you’ll be able to concentrate much better.
– Spend your lunch break together. Use this time specifically to eat or relax on the sofa together. After all, there’s no way of knowing when you’ll get the chance to take your lunch breaks together again 😉 For the rest of the working day, you should both go about your jobs just as you would if you were at work.
– With all this time you get to (or have to ;)) spend together at the moment, make sure you don’t forget yourself. There is something you can do for yourself right now. Go for a walk on your own or start work on a project you’ve been wanting to tackle for a long time but never found the time for before now.
– Do you struggle to find time for sex in your day-to-day life? Well there are no excuses now 😀 It doesn’t matter how or where (within your own four walls) you do it – now is the time for the two of you to focus only on each other.
– And if you have an argument – which happens in any good relationship – then go for a walk in the fresh air or work out on your own. That should calm the situation down a bit, so you can go back to being loving towards each other afterwards ❤
– Despite the situation, try to stay in touch with other people as well – by phone, WhatsApp or Skype. This will help the situation feel more relaxed and make things easier. Promise!
Lockdown for new couples
As a new couple, you’re probably some of the worst hit. You probably won’t see each other for quite a while, unless you want to go into lockdown with your new partner because you just can’t bear to be without each other. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
It’s only natural that you’ll want to see your partner as often as possible, especially when your relationship is still new and fresh. Two weeks or more of not seeing each other can seem like an eternity. Even so, you need to bear in mind that you still barely know each other and there is a lot of potential for conflict. If you do decide to go into lockdown together, you should both be happy with the decision and one of you will need to have somewhere with enough space for you both. Maybe even enough space for you to be able to avoid each other if need be 😉
If you’d rather stay in your own homes, there’s always Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to help you stay in touch. And in any case, there is one good thing about all of this – after all that time apart, you’ll be even happier to see each other again! And you can still arrange a dinner date. How about eating together on Facetime? It’s all about getting creative 🙂
Generally speaking, it’s important to let the other person be themselves in a relationship. So if your partner wants to spend most of their time in lockdown relaxing on the sofa, let them. If you are full of energy and force them to do some sort of job, it can quickly lead to arguments. Remember, being in lockdown doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do everything together as a couple. While your partner is lounging around on the sofa, you can just get on with your projects 🙂
We are certain your love will emerge from this stronger and we hope our tips will help make everyday life in your relationship a little easier right now. Stay safe and look after yourselves ❤