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Tips to overcome relationship challenges during pandemic

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TJ
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In this period of the pandemic, we are faced with so many challenges. Just as we think and fear for our health, so some are fearing for their relationships.

Many relationships are bound to break in this time. So many challenges are facing relationship varying from financial difficulty to emotional problem.

One can hardly be emotionally stable when you have no money and what you will eat tomorrow is yet to be guaranteed. The last thing that will be in your mind that moment is love and whole lots of stress that come with it.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to preserve your relationship in this period.

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According to Christine Walter, these are steps to take in order to save your relationship in this trying time.

Avoid all major life decisions until the quarantine is lifted

Thoughts of divorce, ending the relationship, moving on may cross your mind, yet you must focus on the positive traits within the relationship.

It is not the time to make life-changing decisions of any kind; instead, exercise patience and more patience.

Choose to create one new activity together that you will both remember

Decide to do something you have never done before that will spark lightness into the relationship. Brainstorm possibilities and include things you would never want to do together.

Try not to limit your ideas and encourage one another to be as outrageous as possible. Utilize new spaces within your home, repurpose items for fun activities, create your own cocktail, make a relationship photoshoot, make Tik-Tok videos, start a legacy project, write a relationship prayer that you commit to saying daily, read to each other, experiment with new forms of intimacy, exhaust the list until you both feel excited by something.

Remember the purpose is fun, connection, and intimacy.

Be extra nurturing and lighthearted with your partner daily

You mustn’t wait for your partner to show you that they are feeling stressed or upset before you show your support.

Understand that both of you are going through different experiences, even though you are together.

Your partner may overreact or not respond to you in his/her usual behaviour. It is imperative to be gentle with your partner, especially when they anger or frustrate you. Do not take anything personally during this pandemic.

The stress is real, and the crisis is impacting everyone in unique ways. Fear, anxiety, and worry can cause a negative attitude and are challenging to overcome.

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Practice Direct Kind Communication

Your partner is not a mind reader. Do not assume they should know what you need.

Your own anxiety can be confusing to manage and interfere with your ability to connect and communicate. Once you are clear on your own needs, articulate them with tenderness and compassion. 

Goal Setting

The process of making future dream plans can immediately uplift your spirits and inspire collaborative thinking. The social distance recommendations are taking a toll on everyone’s mental health and leaving many with feelings of isolation and sadness.

It is important to do everything possible as a couple to help combat any feelings of loneliness or depression. 

Creating new goals together can have a significant positive impact on your mood and future.

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