As COVID-19 continues to favor staying home, those in relationships must navigate even more unfamiliar territory: lockdown, aka, 24/7 with our S/O. This shift in dynamic means that both partners must work extra hard to preserve the fruits of the relationship and be extra mindful of staying sane.
If this lockdown has you feeling overwhelmed with emotion- that’s okay. Expected, even. I’m writing this article today to reassure you that your relationship CAN and WILL make it through this terrible time if you both want it to.
Because this lockdown can be stressful for couples living together, keep reading for some great advice to keep your relationship healthy.
1. Remember to have gratitude.
Before you complain about sh*t, check yourself, sis! You gotta realize how fortunate you are in getting to go through this challenging time with your S/O. Never lose sight of that fact.
Many people are going through this time alone and would trade places with you in an instant. In doing so, you are actively taking the first step in preserving your relationship and not thinking anything but thankful thoughts.
2. Give your partner some space.
In doing so, you’re giving yourself some space as well. Maintaining some degree of latitude is critical during this time – since time to ourselves allows us to rest and recharge, we can give our best to the people around us.
With this time, you can enjoy one of your favorite hobbies (or get into a new one!). Use this time constructively – either for some self-care or to start learning something you’ve always wanted to.
You’ll need to think outside the box: the window, the garden, kitchen, bathroom counter, or even a corner will do. This space will benefit your relationship because it will make you a much more agreeable and more pleasant person to be around. Taking care of yourself first is going to allow you to take better care of your partner.
3. Dress it up once in a while.
Who doesn’t like to dress up and feel glamorous once in a while? Just because restaurants are closed doesn’t mean you can’t still dress up and spark a lil’ romantic setting for each other. So, throw on your fave heels and skirt, have your partner dress up too.
Both of you can enjoy a home-cooked meal together with some music and candles. This activity is great to do once in a while, as an excellent (albeit superficial) reminder of how sexy your partner is.
4. Get hooked on a new show/movie together.
This activity is an entertaining one that you both can do collectively, perhaps at the end of a long day or on the weekend. You can spend quality time together invested in a great show, and watch a few episodes a week.
It will be something with which you both can escape the COVID-19 reality and dive into a genre of your choice. For some excellent TV show recommendations, check out this article. (If you don’t watch TV, how about a podcast? Audiobook?)
Ultimately, I hope you find these tips as useful as I have. I wish you the best of luck with your relationship and your endeavors! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment below.