Has COVID Negatively Impacting Your Relationship?
You’re not alone. While COVID, on its own, has no actual effect on your personal relationships, everything about our lives has been changed in a matter of months – which does have a huge effect on your relationships, as well as your mental health.
It Has Amplified Prior Stressors
The most common relationship stressors have been amplified by the secondary consequences of the COVID pandemic. Financial concerns, division of labor, medical concerns are amplified and increased by a reduction in resources normally accessed to assist us. Many couples are experiencing a sudden loss of privacy, increased isolation from previously utilized outlets, and loss of outside socialization and support systems
Also Increased and Shifted Household Duties
Working from home is hard. And even basic tasks like washing the dishes or going grocery shopping are becoming a struggle. According to Mental Health America, more people than ever before are wondering if they have anxiety or depression. This isn’t a coincidence; it’s a natural reaction to an ongoing traumatic event, such as a global pandemic.
If you are parenting school age children, you have been assigned an even greater task of playing role of teacher as well. If your children are in a hybrid school model there is the challenge of juggling schedules to ensure all family members are keeping up with their responsibilities
So What Can You Do?
View this time together as an opportunity to develop new, even perhaps healthier habits, activities and interests that you can do together such as: going for a walk, a run, a hike or a bike ride.
Spring is an exciting and beautiful time in the Valley. Get in the car and explore a country road; take a picnic lunch.
Stay connected with family and friends through technology; get together virtually with other couples, friends and family – plan a virtual dinner or a game night.
Create activities to look forward to even if they are small; tackle a household project that has been on your “to do” list
Don’t panic. Our lead counselor, Clare, recommends having an open and honest conversation with your partner where you each can identify strengths and weaknesses, and decide a plan of action that best suits your family. It’s so important to be mindful of yourself and your partner, and help support one another through these challenging times.
There’s no easy way to fix mental health or relationship problems during a pandemic, but if you want some additional help, we are here for you.
Want to make an appointment? Get in touch!