How to better your relationship during COVID-19

COVID-19: Tips to improve your relationship during self-isolation

Do some exercise even if they do not soothe your loneliness, but it can help you to lighten your mood so that you will not feel lonely.

Going from simply living together to spending every minute and every second together can be challenging for a relationship.

Isolation doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Time in quarantine, whether it means spending more time together or less, could be an opportunity to strengthen your relationships. But what about at an emotional level? What should we do to keep our relationships happy and healthy during the pandemic? Lock down could go one of two ways; it could suddenly mean we spend much more time together or much less. Set family goals and expectations. Now we know we’re likely to be indoors for a long time, sit down with your family – especially your children – and discuss how this is going to work. For example, children will be expected to do homework at this time, or help with laundry and the dishwasher. “If you and your partner are now working from home, be aware that this is a change of the unspoken contract between you. Talk about expectations and if you need to change up certain responsibilities,” • These tips can help you feel more engaged with others even in the isolation:

1.Stay in touch with loved ones: If you’ve just moved, try to talk to friends and family weekly. Apps like Skype, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger let you send video clips or communicate through video.

2.Try a new hobby: If you feel lonely but have a good amount of free time, think about things you’ve always wanted to try. Dance? Woodworking? Art? Guitar? Your library, a local community college, or other community organizations will have information about local hobbies and events.

3.Put down your phone: Connection is oxygen for a relationship. Without it, a union cannot survive. Taking the time to sit, connect, and talk about your whole day — even if they happened one room apart. Put down your phones. Turn off your TV. Make some eye contact. Show your partner they are important by giving them your full attention. This may have a positive impact on your mood.

4. Make time for exercise: Exercise is known to have a positive impact on mental health. Do some exercise even if they do not soothe your loneliness, but it can help you to lighten up your mood so that you will not feel lonely.

5.Treat each other with kindness: Regardless of who you are sharing your home with during self-isolation, every relationship can be improved with kindness.

Admitting that everyone is going to be feeling some tension.Practice gratitude and daily thank those around you. Appreciate yourself every day for what you are dealing with and also appreciate the people your living with. If you feel yourself about to snap at anyone – or berate yourself – try the ‘5-second breather’ technique: inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds.”

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