Five Ways to Manage Love in the Time of Coronavirus
How to adjust to both of you being at home
It’s only a few months into 2020, and already the year stands to go down in history as one of the most devastating years on record. COVID-19 or, more colloquially, the coronavirus, has rapidly spread around the world, with hundreds of thousands of people in several countries contracting the virus and thousands succumbing to it. This is one of the scariest times of many of our lives, and it is only made worse by feeling like we don’t have adequate information or access to the health care we might need in case of a virus-related emergency. As a precaution, many people are opting to engage in “social distancing” — keeping themselves indoors and avoiding unnecessary traveling or public gatherings. Without knowing exactly what to do in situations like these, this may be the safest option for everyone.
While staying home is no big deal for some, and some of us even prefer it, it can be a difficult adjustment for people who work outside the home, go to school outside, or are otherwise socially involved in things that have them running around the city. And when you’re in a live-in relationship and have become accustomed to only seeing your partner a few hours a day, this time can be a shock to your relationship, especially if you’ve developed a comfortable groove that relies on you having mutual space.
You two should be working together to get through this, not taking your fears out on each other.
You don’t have to fear the worst. It may seem like the world is crumbling around you, and you may feel a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty. A lot of schools are closing, services are limited, and although some people are able to work remotely, others are losing jobs or taking significant financial hits. It’s not helpful if you begin projecting onto your partner; you two should be working together to get through this, not taking your fears out on each other. Your relationship can and will survive if you keep a few things in mind and follow these important tips.