By now you have mastered hand-washing, social distancing and staying at home as much as possible and even though it’s only been a few weeks my guess is it already feels endless. Uncertainty is a nerve wracking state to live in, even for a short time. So many questions, so few answers. This situation, on top of the increased intensity of living more closely together for more prolonged periods with our loved ones can feel overwhelming and put more pressure on our relationships.
Some common themes couples have been talking to us about in the last month have included:
Regardless of who we are sharing ‘shut-down’ with – partners, parents, children, housemates – spending a lot more time together in confinement requires a shift in our personal and interpersonal coping mechanisms. For example:
These are just a few of the things that might help make social isolating with family and household members more bearable and strengthen your relationship resilience. For more information or help with your relationships check out our online Relationship Resilience webinar or contact our office to enquire about online therapy options.
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