The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to wreak havoc across the world. On January 8, 2021 alone, America reported 4,000 deaths. Plus, the new UK coronavirus strain is highly infectious and is likely to lead to increased transmission of the infection. This medical emergency has not only impacted the global economy, it has had ripple effects on relationships too. Spending a majority of our time in closed surroundings can make it difficult for couples. It increases stress levels in a relationship and emotional and psychological issues tend to rise.
However, it might not be too late yet. Couples counseling can help improve communication, uncover hidden concerns and develop a better understanding of each other, according to experts at the Institute for Personal Growth. But it is important to identify the sources of the stress first. This is the first step towards managing and seeking the required help.
Couple Conflicts During COVID-19
Lack of privacy, health concerns and financial hardships can lead to extreme anxiety. These problems are further exacerbated with reduced empathy and support from each other. It can lead to appetite changes, frequent sickness, severe insomnia and decreased energy, according to an article by Healthline. Due to all this, you might also notice a change in how you interact with each other. The wrong tone and minor disagreements can end up in an ugly fight.
Further, the quality of the relationship could decline over time and you might start thinking of a legal separation. In fact, experts say that break-ups are skyrocketing, with a US legal contract creation company reporting 34% increase in sales of basic divorce agreements.
COVID-19 has also had a detrimental impact on couples who do not live together. Reports of increasing sexual activity have been rising since March in co-existing and married people, while there has been a major decline in sexual frequency for the rest, according to an article by the Institute for Family Studies. This hurts the intimacy levels with the partner and can impact mental health too.
Surviving the pandemic together requires consistent efforts. So, if your relationship appears rocky, consider seeking help. This will keep problems from snowballing into a catastrophe. Look for licensed counselors, who can help reduce the tension and frustration. Be careful of your emotions and think before you speak. Keep expectations at a minimum for some time. Accept responsibility for your actions and be gentle with your approach. Lastly, look for effective ways to release anger and irritation to keep your mind relaxed.
Deeper commitment, greater appreciation and fun activities can help couples navigate these stressful times. Sleep well, eat well-balanced meals and exercise regularly for the mental well-being of both partners.