Being stuck inside for weeks on end can be stressful, especially when we are isolating with others. The disruptions and changes to our daily schedule due to COVID-19 are innumerable. Navigating relationships can become even more challenging during this time. Boundaries have become blurred between work and home life, and depending on our living situations, it can be difficult to find physical space for “me time.” Adjusting to being torn out of our daily routine can even lead to new problems in your relationship. If you are isolating with your partner, this may be the most time you have ever spent with them. You may be noticing things about your partner that annoy you that you never noticed before. Adding to this frustration, financial difficulties, and health concerns may be shortening your tempers, leading to an increase in tension and arguments. On the other end, if you are in a long-distance relationship or are unable to see your partner during isolation, you may be experiencing loneliness or poorer emotional support.
Finding help for your relationship during this time might seem:
- Difficult due to the closure of nonessential businesses.
- Too expensive.
- Not important enough to prioritize given everything going on in our lives right now.
Luckily, there are effective options to improve and strengthen your relationship that can be done from the safety and comfort of your home. Self-help or advice books can be a great option. There are also telehealth options, therapeutic text services, and online relationship programs available.
If you are experiencing high levels of violence, some of these resources might not be right for you. Instead, it is recommended that you please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233.