How Your Relationship Can Survive & Thrive When You're Cooped Up Together

woman & home South Africa|June 2020

How Your Relationship Can Survive & Thrive When You're Cooped Up Together
Spending every day at home during these extraordinary times could take its toll on couples...
Rosa Silverman

Being stuck at home with your other half may feel like a great opportunity to spend time together. However, even the strongest relationships can flounder under stress.

We spoke to a couples counselling service to ask how our relationships can survive the current coronavirus outbreak. Here, psychotherapist Robert Hudson gives his advice.

Q How do we cope with getting on each other’s nerves? Understand, support, acknowledge.

A If your partner is anxious, accept that’s how they feel and ask if there’s anything you can do to help them. It’s best not to tell them they “shouldn’t feel that way”. Listening is very important. Being anxious is normal. If you are self-employed, for instance, you might worry about losing your job. But try not to become consumed by it.

Q How do we manage to keep the relationship feeling fresh?

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June 2020