It’s no secret the COVID-19 crisis has been putting us under a lot of pressure. But for couples, in particular, this stressful time can exacerbate pre-existing problems in your relationship. The good news is that there are a few ways you can help to keep your marriage healthy and sustainable during this time.
Here are three things you can do to meet the marital challenges of COVID-19:
- Be wary of how you react to being quarantined. Social distancing and stay-at-home rules have likely made you and your partner feel a loss of control. The discouraging news you’ve been hearing probably haven’t been helping much, either. While no one expects you to be positive and upbeat right now, it’s important to keep an eye on your behavior so you’re not taking your frustrations out on your spouse. Seek help from your doctor or psychiatrist if you’re experiencing heightened feelings of depression and anxiety. Up to 50% of Americans with major depression don’t seek treatment, but your mental health is important both for you and your partner.
- Give yourselves time to be alone. Too much social interaction, even with our partners, can exhaust us after a while. This is true whether or not you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert. With you and your partner in quarantine, it can be difficult to find time to recharge. That said, be active about giving each other your alone time even if it means sitting at different sides of the same room with your headphones in. Giving yourselves time to be alone and socially recharge will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
- Schedule a telehealth therapy appointment. Even couples in the strongest relationships can feel the stress of the COVID-19 crisis on their shoulders. Making a telehealth therapy appointment with a marriage counselor or couples therapist can help the two of you navigate your issues more effectively so you don’t feel like you’re alienating your partner. Couples counseling can help you and your partner improve your communication skills, discover new ways to resolve conflict and differences, and overcome hardships.
Ready to get started and make a telehealth therapy appointment? We’ve got you covered. Contact Pax Renewal Center to learn more about our teleconference therapy sessions or to schedule a telehealth therapy appointment today.