Ways to Build Relationship Through Challenging Times
Aside from the growing impact on the global economy, this pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives, including our relationships.
Whether you are isolated with your partner 24/7 or have been separated during this circuit breaker period, this could be a make or break moment for couples.
We’d like to share tips to ensure your relationship survive and thrive in a challenging time like this:
- Show Appreciation. Always say ‘Thank You’ even for the simplest things that your partner did for you. When we verbalise our gratitude for each other, it promotes positive energy. You can also give each other little surprises like a massage or a special homecooked meal, depending on your partner’s preferred love language.
- Designate a space for each other. If you’re both working from home, make sure you each have enough privacy to concentrate and do your work. Just because you’re staying in the same house doesn’t mean you have to be in the same place all the time. In addition, do meaningful activities that helps you focus on yourself, whether it’s self-reflection and/or meditation. Being able to spend time alone doing your own thing is a key ingredient to a healthy relationship.
- Talk about feelings. Ask them about their day and how they are feeling. Remember when you used to ask your partner “How’s your day?” after a day’s work? Being physically together in the same room doesn’t mean you know everything that’s going on. Communicating with your partner is essential for keeping the love alive. When asking about how their day went or how they are feeling, listen with intent and validate their feelings. Ensure that they feel heard and seen.
- Add humour. Always inject humour and keep things light when you can. You can always find something silly to laugh about. Share memes, funny stories or tease each other to ease tension and spread positive energy.
- Go back to basics. When tensions are rising, step back and remember the reasons why you chose to be with your partner. Discuss with each other the values that matter to both of you when tackling disagreements. Most of the time, the conflict isn’t just about the content but the underlying values.
Living and loving during this period can be scary and stressful, but our families and relationships are the only thing we have right now to sustain us. Remember that this isn’t a permanent situation. Try to focus on the good things and follow our advice to ensure your relationship comes out alright on the other side of all this madness.
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