Impacts of COVID-19 on Relationships

Impacts of COVID-19 on Relationships
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 02-03-2023

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Covid-19 is the primary disruptor of peoples daily lives, relationship. No one knows how long it is going to last. No one knows who is infectious. And facing all these problems at once can lead to emotional and psychological stress, impacting both ourselves and our relationships. We are just making choices now that we do not usually have to make. What we are going through right now is really difficult, and mostly people are not prepared for it, some people are better suited to deal with it than others. Some people will build self-confidence, and some will encounter symptoms that are significant enough to merit seeking medical assistance.

Particularly difficult at this time are demands to stay away from others, either by sheltering or standing at least six feet away from others. Isolation means the lack of physical, financial and emotional support from loved ones, which triggers depression, anxiety and sleep problems.

While, the vengeful nature of the virus is creating concern because of the confusion as to when the next virus may hit or who may be a carrier. In these situations, it is a good idea to have designated safe spaces where people can escape to alleviate tensions.

Keeping ahead of the possible effect of the virus on our relationship should be part of every successful coronavirus preparedness program. So, here are some of the best practices when it comes to

handling our relationship in this COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Watch your attitude

Moments of great anxiety like this are the prime breeding ground for fears expressed as anger and contempt. It could show in some I am right, you are wrong behaviours that are nt so helpful. Although thinking that you have the right answer could give you some sense of control in these chaotic times, its just an illusion. All you end up doing is damaging your bond. Recognizing and sharing that you are frightened will change the tone, and its a lot easier to be supportive to a concerned partner than an angry one.

2. Accept Your Difference

Refresh your active listening skills to understand the point of view of another person and make them feel aware of their differences. You do not have to agree with how they see the situation, but making them feel heard and respected would go a long way towards building more peace at home.

3. Spend Some Quality Time

Bring fun in conversations with your partner about coronaviruses to enhance your pleasure chemicals and relieve tension. Or agree to speak for some time about something other than coronavirus. Start an exciting project with you, such as gardening, reading a book, or repairing a spot in your house.

4. Respect Each other’s Space

It might sounds like an odd thing to say because we are locked up, but there are still ways to provide one another space physical and emotionally. Give each other plenty of space. First of all, remember if you need space and build it for yourself. It may include finding irritability, anxiety, stress or cumbersomeness and choosing to spend some time not talking, calling a friend, family members or doing something yourself at home, like reading a book or working on your project.

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