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Daily check-ins

Your partner is going through the same emotions that you are. It can be useful to stop and ask each other questions like:

  • “What was your day like today?”
  • “What sorts of feelings are coming up for you right now?”
  • “Are there any ways I can support you or be a better partner to you?”

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Relationship struggles make perfect sense these days.

  • We’re stuck inside our homes, forced to spend more time together than ever before. 
  • We’re relying on a partner for almost all of our social support because we can’t meet our friends and family.
  • We're trying to find a balance between new responsibilities (working from home, child care or housekeeping).

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Take the time to plan

Make a plan for how you’re going to handle as a team everything that you have to do.
Create a shared calendar with all of your tasks and responsibilities, and block specific hours for when you’re going to do them. Take the time for weekly meeting, to plan the week ahead.

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Nurture yourself

It’s not fair and realistic to expect your partner to be your only source of stress relief:

  • Allow yourself to feel your feelings.
  • Spend five to 10 minutes every day journaling.
  • Meditate.
  • Move your body.
  • Reach out to friends and relatives, without your partner by your side.

You have to take care of yourself to be able to take care of others.

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Spending all that time together with your partner may lead to tensions. Set some healthy boundaries:

  • If you’re both working from home, designate separate work spaces, if possible.
  • Try to give each other space during the day. It’s normal to need alone time.
  • Be creative with date nights.
  • Practice appreciation and gratitude.

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  • All of our attention is being focused on the threatening aspects of the situation.
  • Headlines are dominated by places where the pandemic is currently hitting the hardest.
  • Our usual routines are no longer safe.
  • The safety measures people are taking may be more immediate and visible.
  • We don’t have much control over the situation.

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  • Acknowledge the opinions, feelings and needs of others
  • Be more open to suggestions and compromises
  • Give 100% of your attention to the job
  • Spend more of your free time out with people
  • Get a grip on your emotions through regular practice
  • Work on overcoming your insecurities
  • Learn people’s emotional triggers and avoid setting them off
  • Start saying sorry more often

  • Learn to forgive

  • Encourage healthy discussions instead of fights

  • Stop sweating the small things

  • Don’t jump to conclusions

  • Make criticism constructive

  • Spend some time with your family

  • Don’t nag people, preach or give them unwanted lessons

  • Never make rash decisions or start conversations when you are feeling angry or moody

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Responding To Urgency

Stay-in-love couples are authentic, open, and self-reliant, but they also urgently need one another at times. They trust each other won’t take advantage of their availability but know that when urgency calls, their partner will rapidly respond. Their mutual goals are to resolve and to reconnect, leaving distress behind as soon as possible.

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