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How to ensure your relationship survives self-isolation

Communicating with your partner

  • Don’t make assumptions about how the other person feels.
  • Foster mindful communication, especially if you’re feeling scared or upset. Pay attention to your reactions.
  • Accept these circumstances are going to be testing.
  • Don't use the situation to vent all of your ongoing relationship issues.
  • Establish clearer boundaries between ‘home life’ and ‘work life’.

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How to ensure your relationship survives self-isolation

How to ensure your relationship survives self-isolation

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/coronavirus-tips-self-isolation-family-partner-argument-a9411851.html

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Communicating with your partner

  • Don’t make assumptions about how the other person feels.
  • Foster mindful communication, especially if you’re feeling scared or upset. Pay attention to your reactions.
  • Accept these circumstances are going to be testing.
  • Don't use the situation to vent all of your ongoing relationship issues.
  • Establish clearer boundaries between ‘home life’ and ‘work life’.

Open dialogue

Most of us have never experienced circumstances like the current one, so we have to accept that we will all cope with this differently and that’s okay.
Foster open dialogue and try to be as clear as possible with each member of your family or with your partner. 

For the whole family

  • Establish a routine to avoid randomness. Our brains love patterns.
  • We are going to stay inside for a while, so it's best to set family goals and expectations.
  • Designate areas of the house, such as ‘work’, ‘chill-out’, ‘privacy’ and ‘interaction’.
  • Don’t avoid answering kids' questions about the pandemic and what is causing it.

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