We are weeks into the lockdown and the pandemic is still with us. One might think that the fact that homes are filled with partners will improve love in marriages or relationships, however, the divorce rates have skyrocketed since the outbreak of the deadly virus. To help maintain the peace in the home during this period, see tips for communicating with your partner while stuck at home:
1. Take space: Sharing a physical space with your partner for a long time can be challenging and stressful because being in each other’s faces all the time is never an easy thing. To help you to cope, just discuss how you plan to give yourselves space with your partner and the alone time will rectify issues in the relationship.
2. Use “I” once in a while: Don’t be scared of sounding single because using “I” from time to time actually helps to decrease perceptions of hostility and anger from you. It aids your partner to hear your perspective without it being perceived as an attack.
3. Take a pause: When things get very intense, take a break, and fix things later. When you notice you or your partner feeling infuriated during an argument, ask to put the convo on hold to give both of you the opportunity to withdraw, breathe, and think.
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4. Play your part during conflicts: For instance, how do you react to your partner’s anxiety when there is a dispute? Does your compassion fix things or does walking away make him or her boil the more? Couples who can adopt new ways to respond to their partner’s attitude when things get heated up play a huge role in the resolution of conflicts.
5. Praise yourselves: You need to acknowledge each other’s strengths from time to time. Does your partner have a unique skill to get out of difficult periods? Is he or she the one taking care of the kids during this homeschooling period? Or is your partner risking a visit to the grocery store amid the pandemic? Your regular praises and compliments will definitely come in handy.
Post credit: The Conversation.
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