​Social Distancing With Your Partner: 6 Relationship Tips for Making It Through the COVID-19 Crisis by Jessica Baum, LMHC

Relationships
2 months ago
​Social Distancing With Your Partner: 6 Relationship Tips for Making It Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Worried about being with your spouse all day during social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic? Here are six tips to help: 

  • Get outside: Being confined together can bring up issues around personal space and the need for “breathing room.” Get outside and take a walk when you can. Leaving the house for a 15-minute walk can prevent conflict and take down stress levels.
  • Schedule parenting duties: If you and your partner have kids and you’re all stuck at home together, it’s more important than ever to create a plan for sharing parenting responsibilities. Take turns with child care. There’s no need for one person to handle it all. And if it’s safe to do so where you live, let the kids out to play or go for a walk whenever possible.
  • Step away from the 24-hour news cycle: It is so tempting to watch this crisis unfold minute by minute, but if it’s causing you or your partner to feel fear and panic, limit it. Go to your trusted news sources for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. Don’t stay glued to stress.
  • Remember your common goals: This is especially important if your relationship was already struggling. Set anger and frustration aside and remember that you both have the same goal: to stay safe and healthy. Focus your conversations on your common goals, and be willing to compromise.
  • Practice gratitude: Look for things you can be grateful about during this challenging time, rather than focusing on what-ifs about the future. If you are both safe and healthy right now, remind yourself of that and practice staying in the moment.
  • Skip the fights: Now more than ever is not a time for fighting. Fights are more likely to be based in fear when we are in incredibly challenging times like these. Have patience with each other and know that this increased tension is likely due to fear.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Great advice, Jessica Baum, LMHC ! We have been trying to get outside even for just a few minutes, even just walking around our house. It helps to change scenery and take it some fresh air. I overcame my addiction to watching the news 24/7 and that has helped me a lot. Checking in twice a day is plenty. And gratitude, always gratitude. So appreciate you sharing this post. Welcome to 30Seconds. Looking forward to learning more from you!
Tribe
All the feels for this one, thanks!

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