Relationships in these strange times may come under some strain; let’s work together to figure it out
Relationships can be complex at the best of times.
But amidst the Covid chaos when we are likely to be shut indoors with the same people – day in day out – we can all help to make life easier. We can work on being that bit more aware of how we treat each other, how we talk to each other, what we need and how we relate.
If you live with others, issues of social distancing and perhaps household isolation might prove trying.
That’s to be expected. Self-isolation is tough and can create a pressure-pot of emotions and frustrations when we’re shut in together in close quarters.
We all have unhelpful ways of relating sometimes, and if these have become a habit, something like Covid can make it harder for everyone to stay kind. Let’s look at what we can do and how we can be more aware during this time.
Conflict and tension is normal between people, particularly if you live together. At the best of times we may find arguments and disagreements uncomfortable – but the restrictions the Covid virus is placing on us doesn’t help.
Positive relationships in close quarters need positivity. Sounds obvious, but how many of us are used to practising that on a daily basis?
If we can acknowledge and begin to address the importance of our relationships during these times we can help keep the atmosphere positive and aim to support, or perhaps it feels more like tolerate, everyone in our household as much as we can.
If things are getting really tense, or if a tricky relationship is becoming more so under these Covid conditions – there is support right here for you. Don’t let it simmer, but talk to a professional. There’s a lot to cope with right now – don’t let your relationships with friends, family and loved ones be another burden.
If you can see your household becoming a pressure-cooker, counselling is a proven way for you to let off steam, get some balance and ease the situation.
Here are our 10 steps to dealing with your relationships whilst we’re in semi-lockdown:
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Closeness can get uncomfortable when we can’t get enough space. But there is support out there and we can learn ways to cope; we will get through this if we do it together.
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