If you have recently experienced frustrations in your relationship, you are not alone.
The last year has more or less challenged us in a way we could never have imagined, including the way we deal with the extra “union” with our partner. The seemingly endless crisis has been stressful and terrifying, and the lack of face-to-face connection with family and friends has affected our emotional well-being.
But through it all, you and your partner have had it. You supported each other during the darkest days of the crisis. It hasn’t been easy, but you’re still together, and you should be proud of that.
However, the work does not end here. We’re still facing overwhelming uncertainty, so let’s take a look at some strategies to nurture your bond and make sure your relationship is maintained long after the pressure has dropped.
Give each other space
Boundaries are extremely important when you spend a lot of time together. Under normal circumstances, we would spend most of the day apart, making our time at home seem more cherished. However, right now, many of us are drowning and longing for physical and emotional space.
Routine downtime helps create a pre-pandemic resemblance to life. Needing your space is not an act of rejection; it is a necessary part of nurturing yourself and your relationship. If your partner needs a little more space from time to time, it’s important to support them.
Whether you want to exercise, rest, or read a book, what you do at this time is entirely up to you.
It is a common but mistaken belief that loving couples want to spend all their time together. However, uninterrupted time is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship.
After all, “absence makes the heart love itself more.”
Keep the romance alive
There are many reasons why intimacy is one of the most important factors in a healthy relationship. As we face constant change, we need as much stability as possible. If you feel separated, intimacy has the power to remove negativity and reunite you.
With our stress levels at an all-time high, our capacity for intimacy may suffer as a result. For example, your partner may not be interested in sex. It is not your fault! Sit down, talk about your concerns, and work together to reintroduce intimacy into your relationship.
The term “intimacy” encompasses a variety of physical acts that strengthen your emotional connection. It’s not a matter of going straight to the bedroom. Showing affection for your partner reinforces your attraction to her and creates a sense of closeness that you don’t have with anyone else.
Communicate your way through this
It has been said time and time again: communication is key.
We all face crisis and uncertainty in different ways, and you or your partner may find things incredibly difficult. Talking about how you feel promotes a conversation about how the current environment affects both of you.
While it’s tempting to shut down in difficult times, you need to overcome that momentum and keep your lines of communication as open as possible. Lack of communication can increase the feeling of loneliness and rejection and cause a relationship to fall apart quickly.
Regular communication helps you stay connected, avoid misunderstandings, and acknowledge the difficulties of others. Be sure to keep it light from time to time and talk about life before the pandemic. Remember shared experiences, laugh together, and remind each other of how you got to where you are today.
Stay on the same team
There’s nothing better than knowing that someone is always turning their back on you, especially in stressful times. This act of loyalty is key to maintaining a healthy connection and one of the many benefits of being in a relationship.
When things get tough, having someone there to support you makes everything a little easier. We must never feel alone in the face of our frustrations and have someone to help us adapt to change.
It’s healthy to disagree at times, and you may recently disagree on many things. But feeling supported is the backbone of a relationship and letting you both know that despite the strange disagreement, you are always there for each other.
Take a moment to pause
When stress spreads amidst crisis and uncertainty, sometimes it’s natural to say things we don’t want to say. With our cortisol levels, our brain goes into defense mode, affecting our ability to deliver rational responses in a conversation. It doesn’t take much to feel active or to take something the wrong way.
Right now, take a breather and ask yourself two things:
- Is your answer needed?
- Is your answer kind?
A couple of seconds to pause before replying could change the entire course of a conversation. It also makes communication with your partner more productive.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep it up.
If you have come this far, your relationship is certainly the quality of something fantastic. Don’t let cabin fever uncover your relationship. Nourish it through overwhelming uncertainty and make sure it comes out of the other side of the pandemic intact.
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