How to Keep Your Relationship Alive Through the Pandemic

Many couples have found the last few months difficult. People that haven’t been living together for long have suddenly found themselves spending a lot of time together, finding out things about each other much faster than they might have liked. Couples that don’t live with each other have found it hard to see each other and spent their time navigating the challenges of a Facetime relationship. Even couples who have been together for years, are happily married with kids, and in 2019 would have told you that their relationship was solid have found this period difficult.

If you and your partner have been snapping at each other, getting annoyed over tiny things, or dwelling on past mistakes, you aren’t alone. We’re all stressed and tense, we’ve all got a lot to worry about, and we’re all finding this new world exceptionally strange. It’s no wonder that we are taking it out on the people that we are closest to. Here’s a look at some of the things that you can do to keep your relationship alive during this uncertain time.

Spend Some Time Together

The reality is that with lockdowns and time off work, many of us have spent a lot longer with our partners than we are used to. So, the idea of spending time together might seem a little unnecessary. But, be honest with yourself. In the first few weeks of the pandemic, there was a novelty to being at home. But, over time, we’ve started to take it for granted. Most of us are now spending our evenings scrolling through social media, ignoring the person sat next to us.

Spend some proper time together without distraction. Start a project at home, try a new hobby together, or go on some long walks without your phone.

Have Some Fun in the Bedroom

Sex certainly isn’t the be-all and end-all of relationships. But intimacy is important. Holding hands, gentle kisses, cuddles, and quick touches are essential ways to show each other that we care. Often, these things stop when our sex lives are stagnant. Spicing things up and having fun with help from can be a great way to increase intimacy and passion.

Make Future Plans

We don’t know how long current restrictions and changes might last, but it’s unlikely to be forever. You might not want to book any vacations or anything significant, but you can still make plans. Writing lists of places that you’d like to visit, looking at attractions and accommodation, even if you don’t know when you’ll get to go, can give you a shared interest and something to look forward to.

Give Each Other Space

Yes, you must continue to spend quality time together, but it’s also crucial that you both take space for yourselves. Go for a walk on your own, take a bath, or spend the evening practicing your hobbies in different rooms. This can keep things fresh, give you time to miss each other, and mean that you’ve got something to talk about the next day.

The main thing is not to punish yourself or your partner if things aren’t great. Everyone is struggling. You aren’t alone. Be honest with your partner about how you are feeling, and allow them to do the same, and remember, ups and downs are to be expected.